Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 21 August/Sept. '99

  15   Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Elaine Romero, Arizona Theatre Company's Playwrite-in-Residence
Topic: " Writing Across Genre " (see article)

  19   Sunday Brunch
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: Writer's Contest Awards Luncheon
Topic: " Winners reading their winning entries from the Short Story, Poetry, Memoirs, and Personal Essay categories in our Writing Contest" (see article)

  17   Writer's Workshops
Plaza Hotel@11:30-2pm
Speaker: We have arranged for a number of our professional members to give a series of one hour workshops - for the price of the luncheon (included)
Topic: " A wide variety of topics of interest to writers of all genres" (click here to see article)

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Writing Across Genres With Elaine
   Arizona Theatre Company’s Playwright-in-Residence, Elaine Romero will be our speaker in August. She has a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA from the University of California, Davis, in playwriting. She has worked as a Theatre Critic, Adjunct Lecturer in Screenwriting, and has won numerous awards for her writing (even a first place award from the SSA for her short story, "Angel Kiss," in 1995).
   She also has many other published works: "If Susan Smith Could Talk," Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 4, Samuel French, NY, 1998; "The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen," Puro Teatro, University of Arizona Press, 1999; "Walking Home" & "The Playwrights Speak," Ollantay Theater Magazine, 1996, Jackson Heights, NY; "Glow in the Dark Woman," More Monologues For Women, By Women, Heinemann Press, Portsmouth, NH, 1996; and many more
   Elaine is also a member of The Dramatists Guild, Women's Project and Productions, LEMI, LATA, TENAZ, TCG. She should be a very dynamic speaker for our August luncheon.

Writer's Contest Winners Speak
   I don't know who won the individual categories but I know that we had a lot of good entries and the winners will again read theirs at our luncheon. This is a tradition with the SSA who has set up the contest to encourage writing in a variety of categories. We received 234 entries in the four categories: short stories, memoirs, personal essays, and poetry. There were so many wonderful submissions that selecting winners was not easy. First, Second, and Third place finishers, along with the Honorable Mentions, will be published in the Society's 1999 Anthology, The Storyteller (the authors will retain all rights after this). An alphabetical list of special commendations will also appear in The Storyteller.
   Please come to our Awards Luncheon on Sunday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m. to help us honor the winners and hear their stories.
   The Storyteller will be available for $10.00 a copy. Please call our guest hotline at 546-9382 to confirm your reservation (make sure you let us know which luncheon you are making reservations for - Elaine Romero in August or Writer's Awards in September).


Mike Alvarez' short story "Summer, My Old Friend" appeared in the June 18th issue of the Explorer. This story also appeared in the Daily Sun, a Flagstaff paper, last year. Yes, selling reprints does work.

Jean Gietzen's little gift book, If You're Missing Baby Jesus, Call 7162, will be published in September by Multnomah Publishers. This childhood Christmas memoir retails for $9.99.

Keith Jensen has self-published a 200-page book entitled "Family Myths and Histories," which is intended for personal family readership. It contains scanned-in copies of rare old family photos. Other collectors of family stories, photos and genealogies, who might want to refer to it as a model, should contact Keith at 825-7037.

Mary Lozer has recently completed four books. Two are poetry and two are stories for pre-school and early grade school.

Mac McGill's second Franklin Beamer PI mystery, "Breathing," has been sold to Blue Murder for publication on September 30. Mac's first published Beamer story, "Borderline," can be viewed in its entirety on his web site ( accompanied by his stunning original painting of the "Rattlesnake Cantina." Also on the site are the first eight chapters of his new novel, DRY HEAT. In June, another mystery, "Second Hand Smoke," earned Mac an honorable mention in the international Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Contest.

Sherry Monahan's book, Taste of Tombstone, was awarded two 1999 Glyph Awards by the Arizona Book Publisher's Association (ABPA) : One for "Best Book Promoting Arizona" and the other for "Best History/Biography." Sherry has traveled to several states for book-signings, appeared on television, and has done several radio interviews to promote Taste of Tombstone. Currently, she is working on her second book about Tombstone's colorful past.

Howard Sheldon had an article about Sedona, Arizona, published in DesertUSA Magazine's July issue (

Jennifer J. Stewart's children's novel, IF THAT BREATHES FIRE, WE'RE TOAST, is now out in hardcover from Holiday House. Paperback rights have been purchased by Scholastic for September, 2000 publication.

Marie Wilson's new book, Archosanti Archetype, The Rebirth of Cities by Renaissance Thinker Soleri, debuted with book signings in Arizona and California. Her thought-provoking book depicts the people and the project at Paolo Soleri's urban laboratory which is designed to study social and ecological issues and interpret the process as it is being built. Archosanti is located at Cordes Junction, north of Phoenix. To order, call 888-265-2732 or 480-836-8704.

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