The Astonished Eye: Poems and Stories

On Saturday, December 18, 2010 starting at 3:00 pm, the El Rito Library will be hosting a Poetry Reading Event.  Four poetry authors will be participating.  They are:  Tom Ireland, Anne Valley-Fox, Renee Gregorio and John Brandi.

Tom Ireland is an editor at the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, where he has worked since 1986.  He has published four books of nonfiction, including an essay collection.  The Man Who Gave His Wife Away (Tres Chicas Books, 2010).  He received an NEA grant and a Jeffrey E. Smith Prize in nonfiction.

Anne Valley-Fox has been living and writing in New Mexico since 1977.  Her most recent poetry collections are How Shadows are Bundled (UNM Press, 2009), Point of No Return (La Alameda Press, 2004) and Fish Drum - Vol. 15 (Fish Drum Press, 1999).  A list of her publications (and other personal inventions) can be seen online at AnneValleyFox.com.

Renee Gregorio's poetry collection include Drenched (2010), Road to the Cloud's House (2009 with John Brandi), Water Shed: Aikido Tanka (2004), The Storm That Tames Us (1999) and The Skins of Possible Lives (1996).  She lives and works in El Rito and Santa Fe in her practice as a master somatic coach and writing coach who helps people deepen their sense of purpose and expression and write remarkably.

John Brandi, a 40-year New Mexico resident, recently completed a speaking tour in India to celebrate a trilingual haiku book released in New Delhi.  An avid world traveler and El Rito homemaker, he has a new book from La Alameda Press, Seeding the Cosmos.  He is currently working on haiga paintings, as well as a book of mountain poems selected from journeys, local and abroad.

Come join us for a relaxing afternoon with our local poets just before the busy Christmas holiday begins. 

This is a free event, however, donations will be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 03:27PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

5th Annual Live/Silent Auction: Saturday, December 4, 2010

Our most successful fundraising event will be on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Old Gym at NNMC Campus and starts at 1:30 pm.

This year promises to be as exciting as the last four years.  We have close to 100 items donated (as of today and more on the way).  The items range from a 5 inch Miniature Painted Horse to a 7 foot metal Weather Vane.  We have a Navajo Rug from Crownpoint; a retablo painted by Nicholas Herrera; a hand-carved wooden statue; and so much, much more. 

Here are the details.  Please let your relatives, friends and everyone you know about  the auction.  Many items make one-of-a-kind great Christmas gifts.

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 12:24PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Rio Arriba - A New Mexico County

by Robert J. Tórrez and Robert TrappCome purchase a new book just out by retired State Historian Robert J. Torrez and Robert Trapp.  Mr. Torrez will be doing a presentation on Saturday, November 20, 2010 starting at 11:00 am.  After the presentation, Mr. Torrez and Mr. Trapp will do a booksigning segment.  Come purchase your own book and have the authors sign it.  Hope to see you here!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS/EDITORS:
Robert J. Tórrez was born and raised in the northern Rio Arriba County community of Los Ojos and is a graduate of Tierra Amarilla High School. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas and served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000. During the past four decades more than one hundred of his scholarly and popular articles on New Mexico history and culture have been published in numerous regional and national publications. He has also contributed to a dozen books, and since 1992, has written a monthly column, “Voices From the Past,” for Round the Roundhouse. His recent books include UFOs Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico’s History (University of New Mexico Press, 2004), New Mexico in 1876-1877, A Newspaperman’s View (Rio Grande Books, 2007) and Myth of the Hanging Tree (University of New Mexico Press, 2008).

Robert Trapp is a native of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado and a veteran newspaperman. He served with the Army Air Force in World War II and after the war attended the University of Colorado under the GI Bill. He worked on daily newspapers in Alamosa, Colorado; New Bern, North Carolina; Rock Springs, Wyoming and Great Falls, Montana. In 1956, he, his wife Ruth, also a journalist, and another couple started the Rio Grande Sun in Española and he has worked as an editor/publisher since. He and Ruth have three children and live in an old adobe in Sombrillo, a suburb of Española. Their son, Robert B. Trapp, currently is managing editor of the Rio Grande Sun.

Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10:19AM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Immigration, Racism and Terrorism in America—from the Naturalization Act of 1790 to the Arizona State Legislation of 2010

Jake Arnold, of El Rito, will be doing a presentation on Immigration, Racism and Terrorism in America and will talk about the current legislation passed in Arizona.  This presentation will be at the El Rito Library on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Jake Arnold currently works as a political consultant, law firm investigator and historical researcher—handling various such projects on a pro bono basis.   He has maintained full and part-time homes in New Mexico since 1972. 

Formerly a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a community organizer in Texas/New Mexico/California, Arnold has also worked off and on for over 40 years as a reporter/editor/commentator for newspapers, broadcast outlets and wire services. 

Among the journalistic positions he held was that of Texas/Mexico Borderland correspondent-investigative reporter for international wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the late 1990s/early 2000s and political correspondent for the radical Liberation News Service in France, Italy and Switzerland in the 1960s.  Stationed in Southwest Texas, Arnold covered immigration issues and immigration/ethnic-related violence for AFP.

Arnold has also served as a bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News in Santa Fe, reporter/editorial writer for the Houston Chronicle, crime/courts reporter for the Rio Grande Sun, investigative reporter editor of the alternative he Iconoclast of Dallas, investigative reporter/columnist for the alternative Lone Star Iconoclast, investigative reporter for the alternative FW Weekly of Fort Worth, commentator for KCHU-FM and KERA-TV,  both of Dallas, a contributor to the Texas Observer of Austin, and as a correspondent for the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service in Italy.

Fluent or conversant in five languages, Arnold is the recipient of a laurea magistrale (master’s degree) in philogy-linguistic anthropology from the Universita degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence) in Italy.  He previously studied at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, at Southern Methodist University and at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 04:13PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

The El Rito Library on the El Rito Studio Tour!

The 24th Annual El Rito Studio Tour

October 2nd and 3rd 2010


"Death By Chocolate" ~ Desserts To Die For!

Youth Arts: Retablo Paintings

Works by Volunteers and Staff

 For more info see: The El Rito Studior Tour website

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 01:12PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Concert / Fundraiser: Lisa and Kip Powell

Singer songwriter Lisa Mednick Powell and her husband Kip Powell are giving a fundraising concert at the library.

Saturday, September 25th
4:00 to 5:00

Admission free. Donations encouraged.

Lisa lived, breathed, and sang her way through the halls and parks of Austin, playing with other great musicians and writing her own songs.  She’s released two albums, Artifacts of Love and Semaphore. 

Said Rolling Stone of her music:  “marked by artful songcraft.” 
Utne Reader:  “a dark, swirling gumbo.” 
Austin-American Statesman:  “richly evocative!”

WEBSITE: http://www.lisamednickpowell.com/

MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/lisamednickpowell

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 02:31PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Presentation by Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle

Hispano Culture and Transportation Presentation

Our own El Rito Resident, Historian Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle, will be doing a presentation on the achievements of hispanos in New Mexico during the 19th century and highlighting New Mexicans contributions.  This presentation is on August 28, 2010 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Dr. Susan Calafate Boyle received her doctorate in American Social History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a member of the departments of history at Colorado State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Westminster College and a Fulbright scholar in 1988. She is currently a planning specialist at the National Trails Intermountain Region office of the National Park Service in Santa Fe. Dr. Boyle continues to work as an independent scholar focusing on socioeconomic developments in New Mexico during the 19th century and is the author of Los Capitalistas: Hispano Merchants and the Santa Fe Trade. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

Dr. Boyle in addition to being an expert on roads and historic trails, has worked on a wide range of topics, such as general management plans, interpretive plans, heritage tourism, the study of cultural landscapes and linear resources, and the development of effective strategies for successful partnerships.

She has also worked extensively in Latin America. She She was a co-leader of an International Workshop for Park Planning in Payogasta, Argentina, 2001, and has participated in numerous international seminars regarding strategies for incorporating landscapes and linear resources to World Heritage Site selection.

The presentation focuses on the contributions that the hispano culture made to the massive transportation of goods associated with the Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro during the 19th Century.  In the Southwest, the US inherited a tradition of muleteering as the Spanish found that packing was ideally suited to the area’s mountains and deserts. Many argue that the Spanish mule has been the unsung hero of transportation in the southwest.

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 01:36PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment

Special Book Collection - Patrick O'Brian

We are happy to announce a permanent donation by Ms. Carol Martin-Davis of her late husband's, William Shough, book collection written by Patrick O'Brian.  Mr. O'Brian, whose 20 sea stories won him international fame, died at the age of 85.

Mr. Patrick O'Brian, the Anglo-Irish novelist whose stirring tales of the British Navy in the Napoleonic Wars made him a literary celebrity at an age when most writers have long ceased to ply their trade.  Mr. O'Brian achieved international fame with his series of novels featuring Jack Aubrey, a British naval officer, and Stephen Maturin, an Irish-Catalan physician, naturalist and accomplished spy who was Aubrey's friend and constant shipmate.  The first of the series, "Master and Commander" appeared in 1969; the 20th, "Blue at the Mizzen" was published in 1999 late in the year.  Like most of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, it appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.

You can view this book collection at the Library.  This collection is displayed in the Special Glass Cabinet.  Thank you Carol!

Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 02:27PM by Registered CommenterEl Rito Library | CommentsPost a Comment