March 18 - 21 • Hyatt Regency Albuquerque • Albuquerque, NM

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Featured Speakers' Books

Gary Soto

The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy

Baseball in April

The Afterlife

What Poets are Like

Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing

New and Selected Poems


Petty Crimes

Simon Ortiz

From Sand Creek

Going for the Rain

A Good Journey

Woven Stone

After and Before the Lightning

Men on the Moon

Leslie Marmon Silko

The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir

Almanac of the Dead


Conversations with Leslie Marmon Silko

The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko & James Wright

Gardens in the Dunes


Yellow Woman

Featured Speakers

Gary Soto
Simon Ortiz
Leslie Marmon Silko

Check out our world-class line up of headlining speakers at this year's convention. Capitalizing on our location in the Southwestern Region, we selected authors from the region whose works tie into our convention theme, Borderlands and Enchantments. Simon Ortiz, Gary Soto, and Leslie Marmon Silko will provide convention-goers with readings, discussions, and insights that are varied and intriguing.

Simon Ortiz, whose work From Sand Creek is our Common Reader, was born and raised a short distance from Albuquerque at the Acoma Pueblo and certainly can speak to the notion of borderlands, margins, and the in-between; regardless of the form his writing takes, he seems always to be exploring man's alienation—from others, himself, his environment—and suggesting that a reconnection with Mother Earth and the wisdom of ancestral spirits may mitigate this alienation.

Gary Soto, though perhaps pushing our regionalism a bit as he was born in Fresno, California, writes about Mexican-American life and culture, focusing on the experiences of those who often find themselves living on the edges of society as a marginalized people. While Chicano life and culture is his primary subject matter, he says that human experiences transcend these cultural borders and that he's drawing "portraits of people in the rush of life."

Leslie Marmon Silko was born in Albuquerque and grew up on the Laguna Pueblo nearby. At the heart of her fiction, poetry, and prose are issues of cultural identity, and she foregrounds the importance of tradition and ceremony in maintaining that identity. While her writing will certainly present us with borderlands themselves, as well people who live on those borders, her attention to Native American culture and tradition will also provide resonance with our enchantments theme as well—not in a fairy-tale or spell-bound way, but in the spiritual almost magical realism that emerges in her recounting of these Native traditions. All in all, with this stellar line-up, the beginning of our 91st year is auspicious!

Gary Soto

Wednesday, March 18
Opening Events, 6:30 p.m. (Pavilion IV-V-VI)

Book Signing, 8:00 p.m. (Pavilion Court)

Speaker details
Gary Soto's Website

Simon Ortiz

Thursday, March 19
Featured Speaker, 7:30 p.m. (Pavilion IV-V-VI)

Book Signing, 8:30 p.m. (Pavilion Court)

Speaker details
Sigma Tau Delta 2015 Common Reader: From Sand Creek
Simon Ortiz's Biography at the Poetry Foundation

Leslie Marmon Silko

Saturday, March 21
Featured Speaker, 3:30 p.m. (Pavilion IV-V-VI)

Book Signing, 4:45 p.m. (Pavilion Court)

Speaker details
Leslie Marmon Silko's Biography at the Poetry Foundation