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Issue # 21 is at the printer

The 2017 issue of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal is now being printed.  Thanks to Helen Stork, who has done the cover for the past few years, for taking over the preparation of the text from Dick Thomas.

Copies should be in the mail by the end of the month to the 41 people whose work is included.  Others will be able to buy copies: see the order page.

Sin Fronteras does plan to continue; we have new editors.  Submissions will open April 1.  Do not send anything before then, and do review the guidelines on the Submissions page.


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Thank you, Michelle

Michelle Holland has been one of the poetry editors of Sin Fronteras Journal since it began.  That is twenty-one years, counting the issue which is now in production.  She continued to be active after moving to northern New Mexico quite a few years ago.  Only one other person, Michael Mandel, Organization Manager, has been involved that long.

Michelle has had a definite influence on the journal and its selection of poems each year.  Now she has decided it is time to move on.  Among other things, she is a full-time teacher.

So Sin Fronteras Journal is looking for another editor – let’s not call it a replacement, because each person is different and brings different skills and tastes.  Here are the criteria:

  • A practicing poet who has experience with critique and the confidence to select among poems submitted to the Journal,
  • who has connections to New Mexico or the southwest border region, and
  • who lives within about four hours travel distance of Las Cruces, so that the editors can meet face to face when needed.

There is no remuneration except personal satisfaction in seeing the Journal come together.  The editorial work is done between June and September.

A few local people are considering the position, but nothing is decided.  If you think you or someone you know would fit in with us, please send a comment.


Deadline Approaching

The Journal is open for submissions for Issue #21 until June 30.  Please check the revised guidelines on the Submissions page before submitting.

Send us some good stuff!


Issue #20 is Out!

Our twentieth issue of Sin Fronteras Journal has arrived from the printer.  Complimentary copies for contributors have just gone out.  Others may order copies using the info on the Orders page.

The cover (in the sidebar at the right) features the work of Russell and Kate Mott. Russell is the potter and Kate is the painter.  Kate also supports poetry through readings at her gallery, Mesilla Valley Studios.

The work of 43 contributors from the U.S. and abroad is featured in this issue of the Journal.  Many different kinds of borders and border crossings are represented, as well as a variety of New Mexico and southwest contexts.

The submission period for Issue #21 begins now. Please check the submissions page for updated guidelines.


At the Printer

Sin Fronteras/Writers without Borders issue #20 has just gone to the printer.

Copies should be available early in April.

Watch for the new cover, which will appear in the right hand column.

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Sin Fronteras Hosts Love of Lit Reading

This year’s “For Love of Lit” reading, in conjunction with “For Love of Art Month” in Las Cruces, will be held Saturday, February 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Last year our audience spilled over from the smaller Schwartz Room, so this year we are scheduled for the larger Shannon Room.

LeeAnn Meadows, Joanne Townsend, Christine Eber, Ellen Roberts Young, Catherine McGeehan, Caitlin Ferguson, Anna Underwood
Peter Goodman, Frank Varela, Dick Thomas, Joe Somoza, Gerry Stork, Terry Hertzler, Tim Staley

You are correct if you conclude that they are not reading in this order.  There will be an intermission.  Come hear some of our local Las Cruces area poets.


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Sin Fronteras Journal Goes to Production

The editorial decisions have been made. The acceptance and rejection notices have gone out (the last of them just this weekend). Now Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Issue #20 moves to the production phase.

It has been a busy summer. We had many more submissions once we opened an email address. Half-again as many for poetry and about three times what we’ve had before for prose. We had a lot to work with and we think this will be a good issue. It is exciting to receive material from many different places around the world. We accepted more but we also had to turn down more than in the past few years.

After this first experience with email submissions, you can expect some changes in procedures next year. Be sure to check the website for the reopening of submissions in Spring, 2016.