As we were all trying to adjust to the new regulations of social distancing, NMBA is taking steps to ensure that members can stay connected. We are continuing our monthly luncheon meetings virtually! After a couple of “test meetings” where we shared tips and tricks and helped members get familiar with Zoom, we were ready for the real deal. April 17, 2020, marked NMBA’s first virtual luncheon meeting! The meeting was filled with familiar faces, meeting regulars, and many new faces as well. The online format gave out-of-state (and out-of-Santa Fe) members the opportunity to finally participate and meet their fellow members, something that isn’t possible for them during our regular physical meetings.
President Jared Gann opened up the meeting by giving a brief introduction and then invited Richard Polese and Shirley Melis to share some cherished memories of their friend, and longtime NMBA member, Maxine Davenport. As everyone enjoyed their lunches at home, we went around the (virtual) room and had members introduce themselves and share what they have been working on. At the peak of the meeting, there were over 25 members participating and enjoying each other’s company. If you are interested in participating in the next virtual meeting, click here.
By Richard Polese
Maxine Neely Davenport passed from us on February 14 following a traffic incident. She was a bright and engaging woman of 91 years.
Maxine served as director of our NMBA Homegrown Authors Table at Santa Fe Farmers Market starting in 2013. She was wonderfully devoted in that post for seven very full years, and was still going strong for us at the time of her death.
She practiced family law in Colorado Springs and was an avid outdoors woman. Maxine had climbed twenty-six 14,000-foot mountains before coming to Santa Fe to write and publish. On her arrival she began writing and publishing novels, including Saturday Matinee, Rebel on Horseback, Love Is a Legal Affair, and Murder Times Two.
Maxine received the NMBA Book-in-Hand Award for her work bringing people to buy and read books from New Mexico. She is survived by three children: Marian, Mark, and Mitch, plus seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her daughter-in-law Cristal in Santa Fe.
One NMBA member urged our author’s table now carry her name: The Maxine Davenport Homegrown Authors Table. She so richly deserves the honor!
Author and member of the New Mexico Book Association, Janet Brennan, has chosen to go public with her breast cancer. She has said, “Anyone who knows me knows that my life is an open book. If it helps just one other woman to stay current with their mammograms and self examinations, it is worth it. It is very important to understand that we are never in this life alone. There is always a very deep source of energy within us that propels us to a greater purpose.”
Janet wanted to share the following quote:
“As the beautiful birds of the sky do not fly but for the stretch of their wings and carry of the wind. Like the fish in the streams, we are borne for a greater purpose, for we are carried by water. As the fires that burn, we are made whole as the Phoenix rises from the ashes.”
-The divine union
Let’s all keep Janet in our thoughts and send her positive energy as she undergoes surgery followed by several weeks of radiation.
NMBA’s vice president, Sandi Wright, gave a brief presentation on tips and tricks for creating illustrations. Sandi shared some of her knowledge about writing and illustrating her own book. Sandi believes that everyone has the ability to draw. She demonstrated some exercises from Betty Edwards’ book, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, by having the group make a fist with their hand and trace it. The idea behind it being that once the words “draw a fist” are processed by the brain, it activates the left side of the brain instead of the right. The right side of the brain is said to be associated with creativity and art, so an illustrator wants to work on awakening the right side while they are creating. Tracing the fist, or any other object, allows the right side of the brain to remain active.
Another helpful tip that Sandi shared was that when illustrating characters or objects, it can be very useful to mold a three-dimensional figure of the object you are attempting to draw so it can be used as a reference.
The group enjoyed the hands-on presentation, and Sandi may hold a workshop on illustration in the future.
Our annual Winter Fiesta party was scheduled for Thursday, January 16, but due to the snowstorm that hit Santa Fe, we made the decision to cancel and reschedule for another evening. A new date has been confirmed with the Bourbon Grill. The Winter Fiesta will be held January 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho, if the weather permits. A full dinner will be served, along with vegetarian and vegan options. Winners for the Book in Hand Award and Harris Award will be announced, and there will be live entertainment from The Harmonizers. Tickets are $30 per person, and nonmembers and guests are welcome! For more information and to buy tickets, click here. If you are planning on paying at the door, please RSVP to Mari Angulo/Kristen Romero by emailing email@example.com
Log in to your exhibitor profile and click this link Festival Portal (if this does not work, follow the instructions below to sign in).
Enter the following username and password to sign into the NMBA account on the portal.
Once you are signed in, the page should look like this:
Scroll down to “Manage signing events.”
Select “Add event.”
Fill out your information and follow the instructions to schedule the signing.
Events will be updated on the website but will not be included in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper insert with exhibitor information.
The link enabling you to schedule an author signing event in your exhibitor booth will be open from noon on January 15, 2020, and will close at noon on January 31. Please schedule your author signings during this time frame.
We have reserved a corner booth at one of the largest book shows in the country, The Tucson Festival of Books. Authors can expect both individual sales and bulk sales to bookstores, libraries, etc. The show will be on the University of Arizona campus, Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15.
If you want to sell your books at the show, you need to provide us with 5 books for each title you plan to show. Prices are $60.00 for the first title and $20.00 for each additional title up to a total of 5 different books. We need 100 sales sheets for binding into our promotional handout catalogue that will be distributed at the festival. Sales sheets should be a standard 8.5 x 11 inches and include the name of the book, author name, cover image of book, and any information that can help sell the book. For an example of a sales sheet, contact a board member or inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a member of NMBA for us to sell your book at the festival.
Be sure to have all books, payment, and sale sheets turned in by March 1, 2020. They can be brought to the February luncheon meeting or mailed to the following address:
2336 Cedros Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Set up for the show will be on Friday morning, March 13. Everyone is welcome to attend the festival, but it is not mandatory. Board members will be there to market and display your books. If you are planning to attend, please make arrangements as soon as possible as spaces in Tucson are filling up quickly.
The WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTER DIRECTOR'S NOTE:
WISC brings incredible scholars, artists and others to Santa Fe as fellows-in-residence. We hope you will attend their presentations, meet our fellows and support this important work by becoming a member.
Writers, artists, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. WISC seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas, broadly defined, as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy. Everyone is welcome at WISC to pursue work relevant to the interests and experiences of women.
Applications are welcome from individuals or groups needing a place to work on creative work or a publication; scholars with research interests in a local archive or collection; project developers seeking a space to develop a program or proposal; or others whose work relates to advancing scholarship and awareness of the achievements of women in WISC’s focus areas. Please see the list of past WISC Fellows for an idea of the breadth of topics WISC has accepted in the past.
Fall review period begins NOVEMBER 1st. Any applications submitted after 12 midnight Mountain Time on this date will be reviewed during the next review period, beginning March 1, 2019.
Fellows will be housed in shared space in a private residence in historic Santa Fe, NM. Housing includes a private bedroom with a desk, private bathrooms, common space for meeting, and access to a wireless network and printer.
Visit the WISC website for more information about the organization and our fellowships and proceed to the Submittable application.
Art Tucker, owner and founder of Artotems Co., a local marketing and publicity firm, along with teammate Kristen Romero, gave an in-depth presentation last Wednesday evening at Tiny’s Restaurant. The two pulled back the curtain at their workshop titled—“Your Book Is Published, Now What?”—a how-to guide for authors who have recently published a book but aren’t sure what to do next. The workshop covered important elements such as what goes on a professional author website, different types of reviews and how to get them, social media presence, and much more. Attendees were able to ask many questions on each topic and get some insight into how they can get their published or upcoming books out into the world.
Poet, shaman, drummer, publisher, friend....however you knew him, Stewart has deeply touched some of us with his generosity. Founder and publisher of Mercury Heartlink Publishing, Stewart was a central figure in the Southwestern poetry scene for three decades. He would want us to carry on and put it forward!
The photo above is Stewart “preaching poetry on the tracks,” with arms outstretched, eyes lifted, to a crowd on the platform in Bernalillo, NM, January 2015. Stewart organized the writing excursion on the Rail Runner, where we took a group of poets to Santa Fe to meet at op.cit. books (when it was located right off the tracks) for a poetry reading.
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