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Marilyn Stablein, has authored 10 books and won the New Mexico Book Award for her collection of poetry, “Splitting Hard Ground,” (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2010), and now she will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.
Other books include the memoirs, “Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir,” (Monkfish Publishers, Rhinebeck N.Y. 2003) and “Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination” (Black Heron Press, Everett, WA, 1995).
Her fiction collections include “Night Travels to Tibet; The Census Taker: Tales of a Traveler in India and Nepal,” and “Vermin: A Bestiary.”
Stablein received degrees in creative writing from the University of Washington and the University of Houston where she was a Cullen Fellow.
A former book critic for the Seattle Times, her poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in over 100 magazines and journals.
She has received citations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Yaddo artist colony residencies, a Houston Brazos fiction prize and awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission, the National Organization of American Pen Women, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Arts Society of Kingston and Southwest Writers.
Carolyn Forche, writing about Stablein’s stories notes, “the witty brevity in which they are relayed marks the arrival of a fresh, surprising and unique voice in the American short story form.”
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more.
The series is funded by the Friends of Mesa Public Library. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. Some authors may participate with book sales and signings.