Panel Presentation on Frank Waters:
Four seasoned authors, intellectuals dusted by the grit of the Southwest, share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Frank Waters, the man and his work.
• Alexander Blackburn – Frank Waters: The Emergence Myth of Taos Pueblo and the Future of Man
Alexander Blackburn is Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he founded and editing Writers’ Forum, a literary journal dedicated to discovering and publishing new and established writers primarily from the West. Blackburn has published four novels, a collection of essays, a study of the picaresque novel, a critical study of southwestern novelist-philosopher Frank Waters and an autobiographical / biographical memoir. He has also published two ground-breaking anthologies of western fiction writers. For his work as educator, novelist, critic and editor, Blackburn received the Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Literature. He has also twice been a finalist for a Colorado Book Award.
• Stephen Collector – Images from Frank Waters Country – a photo essay
Boulder, Colorado photographer Stephen Collector began a career as a freelance photographer in 1975 and undertook the Brand Inspector project in 1980, resulting in Cowboy: The Enduring Myth of the Wild West, which earned best black and white book series award in Communication Arts Photography Annual in 1984. In 1992, The Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association judged his next book, Law of the Range, runner-up as the best Art Book of 1992. Collector was awarded an artist in residency at Mesa Verde National Park in 2010 and was the artist in residence in fall of 2012 at the Frank Waters Foundation, Arroyo Seco, the same year he published Journeys to Ancient America, Goddess, and Nudes: 1978-2015. Collector also freelances for a number of magazines and periodicals, among them: Esquire, Men’s Journal, German Geo, Outside, Wilderness, and the High Country News. His work has also appeared in numerous institutions and galleries.
• John Macker – Mountain Dialogues: the Taos Roots of Frank Waters’ Vision
Santa Fe poet/short story writer/essayist John Macker’s latest book is Blood in the Mix (with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh) Lummox Press, 2015. In 2014 Disassembled Badlands, the 3rd book in the Disassembled Badlands trilogy, was published by Turkey Buzzard Press. Other books include Woman of the Disturbed Earth, Underground Sky, Adventures in the Gun Trade, Las Montañas de Santa Fe, and The Royal Road: Impressions of El Camino Real. In 2006, he edited the Desert Shovel Review. He was the recipient of Mad Blood magazine’s annual literary arts award in 2006. He’s also the recipient of the 2001 Colorado Arts “Tombstone” Award for poetry. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Small Press Prizes. His recent essays on poets and poetry can be found in New Mexico’s Malpais Review.
• John Nizalowski – Frank Waters and Tony Lujan: Portrait of Vital Friendship
John Nizalowski is the author of three books: the multi-genre work entitled Hooking the Sun, a collection of poetry called The Last Matinée, and Land of Cinnamon Sun, a volume of essays. Nizalowski has also published widely in a variety of literary and scholarly journals, most notably in Under the Sun, ISLE, Weber Studies, Puerto del Sol, Slab, Measure, Dark Matter, Digital Americana, and Blue Mesa Review. He teaches creative writing, composition, and mythology at Colorado Mesa University, and he is currently working on a biography of Frank Waters. His blog, Dispatches from the Land of Cinnamon Sun, can be found at johnnizalowski.blogspot.com
All programs begin at 7 pm. Admission $8/SOMOS member/Harwood Alliance member (for Harwood events only); $10/nonmember except for local writers night on 8/24/16.