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Journal Issue #24 is here

Sin Fronteras /Writers Without Borders Journal issue #24 has arrived from the printer and copies have gone out to our 44 contributors (43 poets and one fiction writer).

The cover art is by local artist Jeanne Rundell.

Order a copy using the information on the orders page.

Submissions for the next issue will open April 1.  (Anything sent in before then will be deleted.)

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Sin Fronteras “Love of Lit” Reading

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders is hosting its annual “Love of Lit” reading this year on Saturday, February 29, 1 – 3 p.m.  That’s the last day of “For Love of Art Month” in Las Cruces.

The location is Center for Spiritual Living, 575 N. Main Street.  It’s around the corner and north to the end of the block from the Branigan Cultural Center.

As of this writing, 13 readers are expected: Dick Thomas, Gwendolyn Mintz, Chuck Harper, John Monagle, Dael Goodman, Frank Varela, Ellen Roberts Young, Joseph Somoza, Alice Wallace, Dick Miles, Heather Frankland, Bruce Holsapple, and Peter Goodman.  (There will be a brief intermission, and poets will be bringing their books for sale.)

If you’re anywhere in the area come hear and meet us.

This year’s edition of the Journal is at the printer.  We’re not sure when we’ll have it in hand.


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Progress on Issue #24

The editors of Sin Fronteras Journal have read, chosen and ordered the poems and prose for Issue #24.  Due to an accident and surgery Joanne Townsend, who was one of the editors for issues #22 and #23, had to withdraw this year.  We were fortunate to have Alice Wallace step up to assist Ellen Young and Frank Varela.


Alice is a Las Crucen who regularly participates in the open readings at Palacio Bar on the third Tuesday of each month.  Three minds seem to be the right blend to come up with a good mix of material.

The action moves over to production now, and to the choice of cover art, which is the specialty of Helen Stork and Michael Mandel.  Then the responsibility returns to the word people for proofing.  With luck, and no more accidents, the issue will be out by the end of February.


Issue #23 is Out

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Issue #23 has just arrived from the printer.  (See its photo to the right.) It features the work of 48 contributors, mostly poets.  Six are from southern New Mexico, seven from other parts of the state, a few more from the greater southwest.  Others are from all over the country, from Washington State to Massachusetts to Florida, and three live beyond our nation’s borders.

Some poems speak directly to southern border issues.  Others focus on different kinds of borders: between people, their communication and miscommunication, or between people and wildlife, or people and their pasts.  The editors were pleased to have a rich mix to draw from.

The cover art is by Deret Roberts, local artist and gallery owner.  You can learn more about his gallery at www.artobscuragallery,com.

Go to the orders page for the address to order a copy of this issue.  The cost is $10 plus postage.  Copies will also be available at Sin Fronteras readings at Palacio Bar in Mesilla on third Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Submissions for our next annual issue open on April 1.  Submissions sent before that date will not be read.  Check the submissions page for changes or clarifications to our guidelines.

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We Love Lit in Las Cruces

It’s February and once again the Sin Fronteras folks will be presenting a “For Love of Lit” reading as part of “For Love of Art Month.”

The event will be Saturday, February 23, 10:00 to 12:00, at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main Street, Las Cruces.  Outside the Farmers and Crafts Market will be in full swing.  Come inside and sit down for a while.

Fifteen readers have signed up to read.  If you’ve attended in previous years, you’ll notice a mix of familiar voices and new ones.  Here is the line-up, if all goes as planned: Dick Thomas, Lee Ann Meadows, Peter Goodman, Joanne Townsend, Richard Miles, Alice Wallace, Gerry Stork, Ellen Roberts Young, Joe Somoza, Dael Goodman, Charles Harper, Joanne Turnbull, Bruce Holsapple, Michel Wing, Frank Varela.

Michael Mandel will be the master of ceremonies.


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Sin Fronteras Poets Headed North

This is an announcement for readers in northern New Mexico.

Las Cruces poets Joe Somoza and Dick Thomas, both of whom have previously served as editors of Sin Fronteras Journal, will be giving a reading on Sunday, October 21, at Jules’ Poetry Playhouse, 1001 5th St. NW in Albuquerque.

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Welcome New Poetry Editor, Frank Varela

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Frank Varela reading,in 2015   Photo by Jill Somoza

After the loss of poetry editor Terry Hertzler this spring, we are delighted to have poet Frank Varela step in to help with Sin Fronteras Journal.  Brooklyn born, Frank is the author of four books of poetry, Serpent Underfoot, Bitter Coffee, Caleb’s Exile and, most recently, Diaspora.  His children’s stories have been published by Riverside Publishing Company and Arte Publico Press.  He worked as a librarian in Chicago, where he was named Hispanic Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Secretary of State in 1997.  He now lives in Las Cruces, and is joining Joanne Townsend, former poet laureate of Alaska, and Ellen Young, who does useful things like run this blog, to complete the trio of poetry editors for issue #23.

The Journal is accepting submissions until June 30.  Please read – and follow – the directions on the submissions page to submit.

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Farewell to Terry

We in the local Sin Fronteras community were saddened to learn of the death of Terry Herztler earlier this month.  He had been missing from a couple of events, but we did not know why.

Joe Somoza, one of the elders of the local poetry community and editor emeritus of Sin Fronteras Journal, wrote this on another blog:

sm 17 4918 Terry HertzlerI’m sad to learn that Terry died. For the past 4-5 years he took part in our open-mics at Palacio Bar in Mesilla, New Mexico, and for the past 2-3 years he was a regular member of our community peer-group workshop in Las Cruces, a sweet, lonely guy who enjoyed the fellowship as well as the poetry discussion. He was a good poet, always bringing something solid and convincing, sometimes a memory from Viet Nam. I’m sorry that he’s gone.

Terry was also one of the poetry editors for issue #22, along with Joanne Townsend and Ellen Young; we were looking forward to continuing with issue #23.  He will be missed.

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Open Reading this Tuesday, April 17

The open reading sponsored by Sin Fronteras at Palacio Bar in Mesilla, which took a hiatus for several months over the winter, is returning this month. “Back by popular demand” might be stretching the point, but we have had several requests and expressions of interest.  Some folks missed us!

Copies of Sin Fronteras Journal #22 will be available for purchase.

Maintaining this event will depend on attendance, so if you live within driving distance of Mesilla, please come, whether or not you have something to read.

Tuesday, April 17 at Palacio Bar.  Come at 7:30 to sign up, buy your drink, socialize.  Reading begins at 8:00.

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Our New Issue

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders #22 is out.  We know it seems a long wait to our contributors, but our all-volunteer crew is pleased to be ahead of last year’s schedule.


Back Cover, #22

Our cover artist for this issue is local artist and poet, Katie McLane, a regular at our readings.

The forty contributors include former editors Michelle Holland, Dick Thomas and Joe Somoza, but the writers come from all over the country, and one from Mexico.  Regular readers will find a mix of familiar names and new ones.

We have a number of bi-lingual poems and one poem presented complete in both English and Spanish.

Poems about rivers, mountains and desert are included, as are poems about family and about loneliness. There are poems commenting on our own southern border, but also poems about September 11 and current troubles in the Middle East.

The full list of contributors: Andrea Abbott, NY; Sandra Anfang, CA; Laura Bandy, IL; Sarah Bigham, MD; Susana H. Case, NY; August F. Cornell, NY; Carol L. Deering, WY; Carol Dorf, CA; Richard Downing, FL; Mary Dudley, NM; Claudette Franzoy, NM; Peter Goodman, NM; Richard Green, NM; Jonathan Greenhause, NJ; Joey Hedger, VA; Dorothy Hemkes, NM; Michelle Holland, NM; Teral Katahara, HI; Sandra Kohler, MA; Jane Lipman, NM; Nadine Lockhart, CA; Lisa López-Smith, Mexico; Terry Lucas, CA; Catherine McGeehan, MI; Frank C. Modica, IL; Benjamin Nash, TX; Susan Nordmark, CA; Mary Oertel-Kirschner, NM; Marilyn C. O;Leary, NM; Claire Scott, CA; Beth Sherman, NY; Michael G. Smith, NM; Patty Somlo, CA; Joseph Somoza, NM; F. Richard Thomas, NM; Judith Toler, NM; Frank Varela, NM; C. Derick Varn, UT; Martin Willets, Jr., NY; John Willson, WA.

If you’d like to submit for Issue #23, consider this: this year’s editors will return next year, so it will give you a sense of what we like if you read a copy of Issue #22.

Submissions open April 1.  Material sent before that date will not be read.