THE FRANK WATERS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
THIS FOUR-DAY CELEBRATION
OCCURRED AT THE MABEL DODGE LUHAN HOME FOR THE FIRST THREE DAYS BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF FRANK WATERS' BIRTHDAY, THURSDAY, JULY 25.
IT CLOSED WITH EVENTS AT THE WATERS' HOME ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE ABOVE ARROYO SECO NEAR TAOS ON JULY 28, 2002.
FOLLOWING WERE THE PRINCIPAL SPEAKERS:
RUDOLFO ANAYA: Author of poetry, folklore, novels, regarded as father of modern Hispanic American literature, novel
Bless Me Ultima a Southwest classic, professor emeritus, University of New Mexico.
Anaya was honored by President Bush on April 23, 2002 with the 2001 National
Medal of Arts. The citation reads: "Rudolfo Anaya for his exceptional
contributions to contemporary American literature that brought national
recognition to the traditions of the Chicano people, and for his efforts to
promote Hispanic writers."
ALEXANDER BLACKBURN: Professor emeritus of English, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, founding editor of
Writers' Forum, author of fiction and nonfiction; literary critic.
IMOGENE BOLLS: poet, professor emerita, Wittenberg University, author of three books, 600 poems in
journals, anthologies; awards: Ohio Arts Council (2) and Ohioana Poetry Award for lifetime achievement.
DENISE CHAVEZ: Author of Face of an Angel and Loving Pedro
Infante, English teacher, New Mexico State University, actress, playwright, organizer of Border Book Festival.
VINE DELORIA, JR.: Sioux Indian, former executive director of National Congress of American Indians, author, former professor University of
Colorado, Boulder, former professor University of Arizona.
WILLIAM EDELEN: Formerly adjunct professor of religion at the Univ. of Puget Sound, ordained Presbyterian
and Congregational minister for more than 30 years, currently a columnist, as well as spiritual leader.
JOE GORDON: Professor emeritus, Colorado College, former head of C.C. Southwest Studies, writer.
TAL LUTHER: Antiquarian bookman, author of Custer High Spots, a guide; and
Collecting Taos Authors, and forthcoming Collecting Santa Fe Fictional
THOMAS LYON: Critic, author of many books on Western American literature, professor emeritus, Utah State University, longtime editor of
Western American Literature.
JOSE MARTINEZ: Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, fiction writer, columnist, fiction award winner, writing workshop facilitator.
JOHN NICHOLS: Author, fiction and nonfiction, photographer, screenwriter, taught at University of New Mexico.
BARBARA WATERS: Frank Waters' wife for many years until his death, therapist, counselor,
teacher, author of
Celebrating the Coyote, President of Frank Waters Foundation.
July 25, 2002
Mabel Luhan House
July 26, 2002
Mabel Luhan House
July 27, 2002
Mabel Luhan House
July 28, 2002
Frank Waters Home
Western Skies will offer lunches which may be
purchased on site on Friday and Saturday (Recommended)
9:00 AM Denise Chavez- Passion,
Obsession and Enlightenment in the Desert...
9:40 AM William Edelen- Frank
Waters, Who Rekindled the Inner Light
10:30 AM Jose Martinez
- El Abuelo of Hispanic Characters
11:15 AM Marilyn Callan - An
9:00 AM Vine Deloria,
Jr.- Reflections From a Dusty Road: Frank Waters, Time, and the
9:45 Tal Luther - Frank Waters'
Works: Discoveries Since Tanner
10:30 AM Thomas Lyon - Frank Waters:
The Beginning of a Biography
11:15 AM Speaker Panel. Jose
Martinez, Moderator of Discussion
Ricky Aragon Flute
10:00 AM John Carson:
great grandson of Kit Carson-
Mountain Man Dialogue
10:30 Joe Gordon - Frank Waters'
Chairman Tal Luther opens Celebration
Proclamation by Taos Mayor
Proclamation of Governor Gary Johnson, read
by Dan Pearlman
Tribute by Taos
Pueblo Gov. Vincent Lujan
||11:15 AM Imogene Bolls-
Her Poetry Written for Frank
11:35 AM Barbara
12:30 PM John Nichols - My Not So
1:15 PM Alex Blackburn - The
Mythology of the Planet
2:00 PM - Break
2:30 PM Mark Rossi - The Bronzing of
|1:00 PM Ron Kampfe- Here's
to you, Frank
1:25 PM Art Bachrach - Frank Waters
and the Land
1:50 Phil Davis - Frank's Park
2:15 PM - Discussion
2:30 PM Break
|1:00 PM Emily Plec -
Frank Waters' Eco-Feminist Sensibility
1:30 Patrick Burns -
Mystery and Growing
Myths Surrounding a Waters Heroine
1:55 PM Felicia Campbell - Dinner at
2:00 PM Discussion
|12:00 - 1:30 PM
Patrick Burns, guitar
Cynthia Stacey, guitar and voice,
Ricky Aragon, flute
3:15 PM John Nizalowski - Journey to
the World Mountain: FWs' The woman at Otowi Crossing and Terry Tempest
3:40 PM Jack
Copeland - Adapting to Adaptation: The Woman at Otowi Crossing as
4:00 PM - Discussion
Luhan House guests register for rooms AFTER 3:00
|3:00 PM Mary Ann Torrence
- "Isn't This Just the Life?"
3:25 PM Linda Helstern - Mixed
Bloods: Stereotypes & Inversion in Yogi of Cockroach Court
3:50 PM Cynthia Stacey - Frank Waters
the Man: A Chance Meeting
4:15 PM Discussion
|2:45 PM Free Time
Cocktail Party at Mabel Dodge Luhan House
4:30 PM Free Time Rest of
6:00 - 6:30 PM - Cash Bar
Taos Civic Center
Rudolfo Anaya, Speaker Myth-Conciousness
in Frank Waters
Tony Hillerman paper: A Canadian
Excursion with Frank, To be read by Tal Luther
and Short Auction
Barbara Waters: Closing
List of Friends and Supporters of
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