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Join the SWFWW Collaborative Electronic Literature Project Take it from Harvey Javelina, a wild animal writer

"Let's be clear: animals are people too. I'm so tired of the uneven, speciesist treatment that folks hand out. Look, can't we all just get along? Yes, I may be covered with bristles but I'm an attractive, normal javelina. Realizing this - as a writer - led me to create Wild Animal Writers. It's an outlet, a soapbox, a trough to wallow in." - Harvey Javelina.... Want to be a Wild Animal Writer? The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is delighted to announce an electronic (via the internet) collaborative writing project that will take place August 20- October 2, 2015.

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Dear Ms. Becky SWFWW goes to school

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word, since its inception, has been present in the community to promote reading and writing as a fun and enriching experience for our youth . Sometimes this aspect of the Festival doesn't get its just acknowledgment; we need to "right" that. See what Becky Nell Young, one of the Festival volunteers, has been doing in the elementary schools. Read about it. It's a hoot!

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Living under a wide sky, turquoise bright, in a land where crinkled mountains rise purple and brown behind stretches of grass or cacti, some write of their days. Living in that crease where the past and present meet, where English and Spanish and languages of the indigenous meld, some write of their encounters. The Festival celebrates those who write in or about the Southwest, and brings together their readers to touch the rough and smooth of their words, to taste the fire and cool of our written life.--Tom Hester

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