NM Press Women Annual Conference in Santa Fe

New Mexico Press Women are preparing for the annual conference, scheduled in Santa Fe for the first weekend in May.  The conference schedule is listed below.  If you are interested in attending, please visit the NM Press Women webpage.

Pre-conference Activities


4:40 p.m.  Travel to downtown Santa Fe. Assemble in lobby for shuttle van downtown or travel downtown in your own car.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.)

5-7 p.m.  Gallery Art Walk/New Mexico History Museum/New Mexico Museum of Fine Art/Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Take a stroll to art galleries on Palace and Lincoln avenues.  Free admission to the museums on Friday night.

7-9 p.m.  Dinner with a Local. Groups will meet at their chosen restaurant downtown. Each group will be led by a local member.  (Please indicate participation on registration form.) Participants will pay for dinner that night. Options include San Francisco Bar & Grill, Il Piatto, La Plazuela at La Fonda and Tia’s Cocina.

9:15 p.m. Return to the Hotel. Shuttle van and carpools leave downtown. (Please indicate participation on registration form.)


Conference Day

8-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet/Registration Desk Opens.

8:30-10 a.m. NMPW Membership Meeting. Participate in the annual state membership meeting of New Mexico Press Women.  Don’t miss the election of new officers.

10:15- 11 a.m.  Narrative Nonfiction: Truth in Storytelling. Acclaimed author James McGrath Morris will share some of his tips. In this centennial year, hear how the author brings history to life in his books.

11:15 a.m.-Noon: Real or Fake: Indian Arts at the Crossroads. With the future of traditional arts at stake, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) created the Traditional Arts Ambassadors program. Learn why this has become an economically and culturally critical issue for Native artists from the first two appointed ambassadors: Darryl Begay, Navajo/Dine, and Cippy Crazyhorse, Cochiti Pueblo. Bruce Bernstein, SWAIA executive director, will join Begay and Cippyhorse on a panel moderated by long-time journalist Kay Lockridge.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Zia Awards Luncheon. The top three finalists are honored and the winner will be announced. The category is nonfiction. Book lovers will hear from the authors about their works.

2-3:30 p.m.  Social Media: Are You Part of the Conversation?  See examples of some of the latest trends and tips from our presenters: Wendy Forbes, a professional consultant on social media; Todd Lovato, managing editor of the dynamic/interactive website SantaFe.com; and award-winning writer Lisa Abeyta, who is the founder of APPCityLife, Inc., a mobile app development company.

3:45-4:30 p.m. Re-inventing yourself for fun and profit. Learn how to create your own job or prepare for your next career move. Hear from two veteran writers, Lesley S. King and Shirley Raye Redmond, who continue to hone their skills to excel in changing times.

5:30 p.m.  Scholarship Silent Auction Opens/Cocktail Reception.  No host bar. Awards Dinner Registration.

6:30 p.m.  Awards Dinner.  Buffet Opens.

7:00 p.m.  Introduction of Scholarship Winners.

7:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Closes.

7:30-8 p.m. The State of the Free Press and What We Can Learn from History.

Investigative reporter Sally Denton is the author of seven books including her latest, The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.  Denton has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

8-9:30 p.m.  Communications Contest Awards Ceremony.

Zia Award Recognizes Three Outstanding Children’s Book Authors

Three outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their work in children’s literature on Saturday, April 9, at 12:15 p.m. at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. The 2011 Zia Book Award recognizes Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for “My Travelin’ Eye” in first place, Jennifer Cervantes for “Tortilla Sun” in second place, and Karen Taschek for “Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars” in third place.

The award is presented by New Mexico Press Women. The winning writers will read and sign books at an award luncheon during NMPW’s annual conference, “Come see the stars in Las Cruces,” newmexicopresswomen.org/conference.

In “My Travelin’ Eye,” Jenny Sue’s eyes are different from other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin’, lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way. Kostecki-Shaw is a freelance illustrator. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Illustration Academy. This is her first picture book. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, Patrick.

“Tortilla Sun” is the story of 12 year old Izzy from California who must spend the summer with her grandmother in New Mexico. Along with some new friends and a pinch of magic, she finds herself on an adventure to connect the hidden pieces of her past. Cervantes was named a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association. She teaches young adult literature at New Mexico State University. She lives with her husband and three daughters.

“Hanging with Bats” explores bat fact and bat fiction, highlighting bats’ value in ecology and pop culture. Taschek introduces the world’s tiniest mammal, the 20 ounce bumble bee bat, the flying fox with a six-foot wingspan and others of the more than 1,100 species of bats. She explains common expressions like “bats in your belfry” and bats’ roles in movies, cultural legends and literature. Taschek is a freelance author and editor for Random House and UNM Press.

The Zia Award was started in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: nonfiction, fiction and children’s literature. The 2011 award was judged by Leslie Chamberlin, director, Tireman Library, University of New Mexico; Mandy Cumming, assistant librarian, Albuquerque High School; and Sari Krosinsky, chair, Zia Book Award, and editor, University Communication and Marketing, University of New Mexico.

The 2012 Zia Book Award will be given to the author of an outstanding nonfiction book published in 2009, 2010 or 2011. The contest is open to all subgenres of nonfiction. Details will will be posted on NMPW’s Web site in the fall.

NMPW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment rights protection to professional journalists and communicators. For more information, visit newmexicopresswomen.org.

NMPW 2011 Communications Contest Winners

Last Name
First Town Category Placement Extra Info
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 46 First
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 7C Second
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 8B HM
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 9D First
Aboytes Iris Albuquerque 9E First
Berner R. Thomas Santa Fe 81 First
Brennan Kathleen Ranchos de Taos 20E First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 36C First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 75A Second
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 8B First
Casselle Tania Ranchos de Taos 9M Second
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 77A First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 8B Second
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9C First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9I
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9L First
Cheasebro Margaret Aztec 9O First
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 48 First
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 10B HM
Cordova Kathryn El Prado 40B First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 34A First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 35A First
Davis Marcie Santa Fe 35C Second
Drabanski Emily Santa Fe 7C First
Drabanski Emily Santa Fe 9M Second
Fallstead Cheryl Las Cruces 35C Third
Fothergill Jana Albuquerque 52B First w/Gonzales/Krosinsky
Friesen Ruth Albuquerque 33A First
Friesen Ruth Albuquerque 34A Second
Gonzales Carolyn Albuquerque 52B First w/Fothergill/Krosinsky
Gotsch Connie Farmington 77A First
Gotsch Connie Farmington 8B Second
Gotsch Connie Farmington 9C Second
Graff Pat Albuquerque 61 First
Graff Pat Albuquerque 73 First
Graff Pat Albuquerque 74
Graff Pat Albuquerque 74
Greenly Larry Albuquerque 7C Third
Haislett Robin Portales 21 First
Haugen Merry Albuquerque 32B First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 53C First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 75A First
Hillerman Anne Santa Fe 9M
Jacobs Linda Las Cruces 76 First
Kreis Carol Albuquerque 14C First
Krosinsky Sari Albuquerque 52B First w/Fothergill/Gonzales
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10A Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10A Third
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10C First
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 10C Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9D Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9I Second
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9Q First
Lanelli Yvonne Alto 9Q Second
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 10C Second
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 15C First
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 7C HM
Marano Nancy Albuquerque 8B
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 7B First
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9C HM
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9I First
McKenna Arin Santa Fe 9R First
Niederman Sharon Raton 75C First
Robinson Sherry Albuquerque 10D First
Robinson Sherry Albuquerque 57A First
Rubin Gail Albuquerque 75A Third
Russo Bud Las Cruces 35C First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 7A First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 9F First
Russo Bud Las Cruces 9Q Third
Schauer Sandy Los Lunas 75D First w/Tessier
Sloan Wendel Portales 10A First
Sloan Wendel Portales 10B First
Sloan Wendel Portales 10D Second
Sloan Wendel Portales 53C First
Stablein Marilyn Albuquerque 80B First
Tessier Denise Cedar Crest 75D First w/Schauer
Wentworth Karen Albuquerque 32A First