Author Sandra Cisneros gives a keynote reading to kick off the UNM Summer Writers’ Conference; historian Frances Levine reads from her book Doña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition
Free readings: UNM Summer Writers’ Conference
Sandra Cisneros has never lived in New Mexico, but the state holds a special place in her heart. She serves as this year’s keynote speaker for the University of New Mexico Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe. After many years in Taos, the conference has relocated to the Drury Plaza Hotel (828 Paseo de Peralta), with a week of workshops, master classes, and free public readings from Sunday, July 24, through July 31. Cisneros is the best-selling author of The House on Mango Street (1984). Her 2015 book, A House of My Own: Stories From My Life (Knopf), is a collection of essays and recollections that, when read together, function as a memoir of place and culture. Cisneros reads from and speaks about her work on July 24 at 6:30 p.m., in the O’Keeffe Ballroom. Conference faculty readings are held throughout the week at 6:30 p.m. The readings feature poets and writers from New Mexico, including Margaret Wrinkle, Valerie Martínez, Luci Tapahonso, and Antonya Nelson. For a complete schedule, visit https://unmwritersconf.unm.edu.
A woman who made history:
Doña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition Though she probably didn’t attend any writing conferences, Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche holds an important place in New Mexico’s religious and legal history. She and her husband, New Mexico Governor Bernardo López de Mendizábal, were arrested in Santa Fe in 1662 by officials from the Mexican Holy Office of the Inquisition, charged with secretly practicing Judaism. When they were tried in Mexico City, Doña Teresa offered a 28-page written defense. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, historian Frances Levine reads from and signs copies of her new book, Doña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition: A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama (University of Oklahoma Press) in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium (113 Lincoln Ave.) in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities. There is no charge for the lecture. For more information, call 505-476-5200. — Jennifer Levin