The 2017 Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest

Nora Naranjo Morse

On Thursday, October 26th, the UNM Department of English will host the distinguished poet Nora Naranjo Morse as the featured speaker for the eighth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Morse will speak at 7:00pm in the Zimmerman Library Grand Hall (West Wing), with a reception to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nora Naranjo Morse is an internationally known sculptor, poet, filmmaker and producer of films on Pueblo life and culture. Naranjo Morse's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Heard Museum, the Smithsonian, and at the National Museum of the American Indian, where her hand-built sculpture piece, Always Becoming, was selected from more than 55 entries submitted by Native artists as the winner of an outdoor sculpture competition in 2005. Naranjo Morse is the author of the poetry collection Mud Woman: Poems from the Clay (1992), which combines poems with photographs of her clay figures. Nora Morse Naranjo continues to explore issues of environment, culture and the social practice of making art with community. For more information on her work, her web site is

About the Lecture Series

The UNM English Department established the annual lecture series on the literature of the Southwest in 2010 through a gift from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya. A founder of UNM’s distinguished Creative Writing Program, Rudolfo Anaya is also an Emeritus Professor of English at UNM. His papers are held at UNM’s Center for Southwest Research.

The annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest features foundational figures in southwestern literature, such as Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz (2010), Las Cruces writer and playwright Denise Chávez (2011), Taos writer John Nichols (2012), Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday (2013), Chicana writer Ana Castillo (2014), and Santa Fe writer Anne Hillerman (2015). 

Support the Rudolfo Anaya Fellowship Fund!

The UNM English Department also has the Rudolfo Anaya Fellowship Fund, which is very close to endowment and would then be available for student fellowships. We would like to encourage you to make a contribution to this fund; gifts of $100 or more will receive a poster of this year’s Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya lecture signed by Rudolfo Anaya and Anne Hillerman.

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