"Sheltering the Creative Spirit"


Taos, New Mexico USA





 You are invited to participate in the FRANK WATERS CENTENNIAL: THE MAN AND THE MYTH (1902 - 1995), to be held in Taos, New Mexico, on July 25-28, 2002, in honor of the author’s work and birth date, July 25, 1902.  Speeches, reading of papers, and a panel discussion by leading writers (such as Rudolfo Anaya, Tony Hillerman, and John Nichols) and scholars will take place at the Mabel Luhan House during the first three days.  A barbecue and entertainment will occur outdoors at the Frank Waters residence on the last day, a modified Mountain Man event.

Participation will consist of submitting one original unpublished paper to be read by a selection panel.  If accepted, this paper will be read by its author at the Mabel Luhan House and published.  Maximum length of papers is twelve (12) double-spaced pages, with a minimum of six (6) such pages.  Reading time will be fifteen (15) minutes with a short general discussion period to follow.  Due to publication timelines, we are striving for a deadline of April 1, 2002 (NEW), for all papers.  Entries should be mailed to the Frank Waters Foundation, P.O. Box 1127, Taos, NM 87571   Let us know as soon as possible if you plan to submit a paper.  Seven topics for papers are offered:

                                                Frank Waters the Man

                                                Frank Waters the Myth

                                                Waters’ Depiction of Indians

                                                Waters’ Depiction of Hispanics

                                                Waters’ Mysticism

                                                Waters’ Use of Myth

                                                Spirit of Place as Waters’ Creative Inspiration


The Committee does not make travel or lodging arrangements.  We do encourage participants to stay at the Mabel Luhan House, 505-751-9686.  To our regret, we do not have funds to offer honorariums to those submitting papers.  But we know this will be a unique educational opportunity and an entertaining experience.  We look forward to your involvement as an admirer of Frank Waters’ literary work, and hope that you will share this Call For Papers with other potential participants as well as  encourage others simply to attend.  Periodically, we will be sending out further details – including registration forms – connected with our Celebration.  We hope to see you ther

The Frank Waters Centennial Celebration Committee

505-776-8117, 505-776-2356, fwaters@laplaza.org


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