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Union made

While many in Santa Fe are get­ting their pan­taloons in a knot over the city’s 400th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, the New Mex­ico State Li­brary takes a noble, lit­er­ary ap­proach to the up­com­ing cen­ten­nial an­niver­sary of the state (New Mex­ico joined the Union on Jan. 6, 1912). The li­brary seeks nom­i­na­tions for four hon­orary po­si­tions: poet, sto­ry­teller, author, and chil­dren’s author. The quar­tet will spot­light the in­flu­ence of lit­er­a­ture in New Mex­ico’s devel­op­ment. Nom­i­na­tions (in­clud­ing self-nom­i­na­tions) may be sub­mit­ted by New Mex­ico res­i­dents or or­ga­ni­za­tions via email or snail mail; the dead­line is June 23, 2010. Visit www.nm­ for de­tails.

Write on

Rita Fe­in­stein — who at 17 is an award­win­ning author de­scribed in a July 2009 New Mex­i­can story as “a bright, hazel-eyed, curly-haired, rav­ing op­ti­mist” — has writ­ten the de­li­ciously ti­tled es­say “A Pu­ri­tan’s Guide to Liv­ing With Sin.” If you want more dirt, show up at Col­lected Works Book­store, 202 Gal­is­teo St. (988-42260) at 6 p.m. Thurs­day, May 13, as Fe­in­stein and some of her Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent peers read from their work. The col­lege’s Stu­dent Writ­ing Awards cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures read­ings of po­etry, fic­tion, and per­sonal es­says. Other par­tic­i­pants in­clude poet Sarah Velez and fic­tion writer Claire Gardner.

Into the woods

Many writ­ers seem to find in­spi­ra­tion while wan­der­ing in the woods — Henry David Thoreau comes to mind. In her re­cently pub­lished book, Trail Writer’s Guide (Western Edge Press), Cinny Green makes the con­nec­tion be­tween the lit­er­ary muse and the wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. She calls it a green ap­proach to writ­ing, and she tells more at 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 12, at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Per­alta. Call 992-0418.

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