The Placitas Community Library is gearing up to mark Women’s History Month in March with a program honoring three women writers.
Hilda Raz, Lynn C. Miller and Lynda Miller are the guest speakers to discuss the influence of women writers in their lives and to share some of their recent writings including poetry, essays and fiction. The program is at 2 p.m. on March 5 in the Gracie Lee Community Room at the library.
Raz is editor of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series at the University of New Mexico Press and poetry editor for Bosque Press in Albuquerque. Among his books is a memoir, “What Becomes You,” written with Aaron Raz Link, a Lambda Book Awards finalist in two categories.
Also a teacher, she has taught at Harvard, Stanford and other universities. His poems have been published in Quarterly, Plow shares, Denver Quarterly, Literature and Medicine, Southern Review, Pléiades, Paterson Literary Review and elsewhere.
She has won numerous awards for her work as a writer, teacher and editor.
She lives in Placitas.
Raz said that 50 years ago, more women poets were publishing books, but only two female professors worked in her university’s English department.
“I was an ambitious writer, and a teacher and editor working in a field where women were lacking,” she said in a press release. “I helped change that fact. We women have learned to help each other to write, publish, teach and form communities, a huge and joyful change. Now my “Collected Poems” is here.”
Lynn and Lynda Miller are two of Raz’s publishing partners. They are co-editors of Bosque Press and edit a Southwestern Fiction Series at UNM Press.
“For much of my career in higher education, I taught modernist women writers and adapted their work for the stage,” Lynn said. “For years I have researched and developed monologues by writers Katherine Anne Porter, Gertrude Stein and Edith Wharton and performed them at festivals and at Chautauquas. I remain fascinated by human motivation and what lies beneath the surface of dialogue and action. These questions are at the heart of my most recent novel, “Unmasking‘, which explores the person in their various public performances.
Lynda Miller’s memoir, “More horses than carswas released in the fall of 2021. The book details her life as a cowgirl in Colorado during the 1940s and 1950s, capturing that time and place and its influence on her.
“My goal in writing it was to give voice to a girl whose best friends were horses and who was most at home in the natural world,” she said.
Lynda is finishing a novel, “Denver undercoverfeaturing a gay undercover cop in Denver in the mid-1950s. The officer works to solve several murders in a dangerous part of town, while learning to come to terms with his homosexuality during a time of prejudice.
The presentation of the authors is free and open to the public. Masks are mandatory in the library.
The library is at 453 NM 165 in Placitas. For more information, visit placitaslibrary.com or call 505-867-3355.
Women’s History Month began in 1981 as Women’s History Week, which began March 7, pursuant to an act of Congress, according to the Library of Congress’ observance website. . Congress extended observance to the full month in 1987.
Since 1995, according to the website, US presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month.