My Turn: Art event worth a shot

Portales has two new residents this week and next, and rumor has it, they’re going to add to the total of “friendly folks,” rather than boost the number of “old grouches.”

Writers Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell are making Portales their temporary home as they serve as guest Artists in Residence in our community.

Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson

If you’re even remotely interested in fiction, poetry, or frankly just about any sort of creative activity, it would be worth your time to attend any or all of the free events offered by these two.

Jon Barr, president of the Portales Arts Council, which is sponsoring the visit, stressed that the events are open to everyone regardless of experience or level of skill. “Interest is the number one required ingredient,” he said.

ENMU creative writing professor Stefan Kiesbye promises those who participate are “in for a treat.”

“If you attend a reading,” Stefan said, “you can listen to two fascinating people read engagingly, and if you attend the workshops, you actually get to interact with them and learn something about writing poetry and/or fiction. Don and Ruth are very laid back, so it’s learning without classroom pressure.”

Posters with complete schedules are up all around Portales, or you may contact Stefan at

Betty Williamson is especially looking forward to Open Mic night at the Roosevelt Brewing Company from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. You may reach her at

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