SouthWest Writers is a non-profit organization devoted to helping both published and non-published writers improve their craft and further their careers. Located in Albuquerque, NM, SWW is the largest and oldest writing group in the southwest. It serves writers of all ages worldwide in every fiction and nonfiction genre. Every year the organization hosts a wide variety of workshops, conferences, contests, and classes covering every form of writing, editing, publishing and marketing. More than half of our members are published authors. Jacqueline Murray Loring is a writer, award winning poet, a produced playwright, film maker, and screenwriter. In 2012, she won the Doire Press Irish International Poetry Prize for her collection The History of Bearing Children, published in Galway. It won second place in the 2012 New Mexico Press Women award for creative verse. Loring works as a book editor, and book and script consultant. Since her move from Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2012 to Albuquerque, New Mexico she has written/co-written almost a dozen filmed short scripts. Beside writing scripts for produced movies, she has worked as a producer, script consultant and directed one film. Several of her short films have been accepted into film festivals including Trains, Tracks & Aliens and The House on Normal Street produced by Antonio Weiss. In 2018, she was a finalist in the New Mexico Film Foundation's "Let's Make a Western" contest. Loring was the executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center, coordinator of the Eventide Arts Playwriting Competition, and facilitator of the Cape Cod Screenwriters Group. She is the 2018/2019 president of the Yucca Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, and a member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, New Mexico Women in Film and Video, Military Writers Society of America, and SouthWest Writers. A major contributor of information and historical photographs of the KiMo Theatre, Rudy Miera was a teacher for over twenty years and a member of La Compania de Teatro de Alburquerque. He acted in Nuevo Mexico Si! and played guitar for La Compania's plays. For a while, he, along with Rebeca Benjamin and other educators, worked as coordinators between the school systems and La Compania, ensuring attendance of students for the shows at the KiMo.
"Beneath the Native American symbol for clouds, a positive sign, painted over the KiMo main stage, on a space that has been used by entertainers from Mickey Rooney to local mariachi groups to Vortex Theatre thespians performing the works of Shakespeare for middle school students, the KiMo Theatre has vibrated with the sounds and voices of a multicultural community for decades. This space has been danced on in styles from hip-hop to tap dance to Matachines. From Gilbert and Sullivan light opera to Gospel song to Buffy St. Marie's Native rock music to magic shows to Aztec dance led by PAZ (the founder and leader of Ehecatl) the magic of performing artists in the KiMo continues into the 21st century."--Brenda Cole, writer"The KiMo is uniquely New Mexico and one of the most beautiful historical theatres on Route 66. It is always a pleasure to sit in the cushy seats and look up at the great beamed ceiling and steer heads with glowing red eyes surrounding the stage."--Brad Stoddard, President, New Mexico Post Alliance"I would guess the KiMo is the crown jewel of the entire Southwestern USA when it comes to Pueblo Art Deco, which in turn means it is the pinnacle of Pueblo Deco architecture of the world!"--Tracy Jordan, 2017 President, Board of Directors, New Mexico Film Foundation"Dancing, theatre, music, poetry, that's the KiMo today."--Rudy J. Miera, author of "The Fall and Rise of Champagne Sanchez"