Wolf Fest 2012

This coming Friday (March 23), I’m attending an event I’m really looking

I Talk with a Wolf

forward to.  Wolf Fest 2012 will be held on the University of New Mexico campus: on Smith Plaza and in the Dominguez Courtyard near Zimmerman Library.

Q: What is Wolf Fest 2012?

A: Wolf Fest 2012 is a day-long festival being held with the purpose of raising awareness of the plight of the Mexican wolf.  It will feature booths from various groups interested in ecological and wild life issues, letter writing stations, and other events.  Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary (that’s one of their residents in the associated photo) will be attending with one of their wolf ambassadors, members of their knowledgeable staff, and a bunch of wolf-related gift and education items.

Q: Why is UNM hosting this event?

A: For one, the lobo (that’s Spanish for “wolf”) is the university mascot so it’s a perfect fit.

For another, various campus organizations, including the Biology Undergraduate Society, the Biology Graduate Student Associations, and the Wilderness Alliance of UNM were willing to put in a huge amount of work to set up the event.   They’re aware that the Mexican Wolf is in need of advocates who can provide informed and intelligent discussion as to why our wild places need wolves.

Q: No offense, Jane, but what the heck is a Fantasy Writer doing appearing as one of the speakers?

A: No offense taken!  Actually when I was first e-mailed my invitation, that’s exactly what I wrote to S.  Kevin McCormick (one of the organizers).   After all, the other invitations had gone out to science or ecological awareness groups such as Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Albuquerque BioPark.

Kevin’s answer was eloquent and interesting enough that I’d like to paraphrase it.  He explained that Wolf Fest 2012 had been inspired in part by a talk he had enjoyed with Dave Parson.  Mr. Parson had explained how he could try to explain with facts and charts just how wolves were a necessary part of the ecosystem but that in the end: “a passionate plea of understanding would make all the difference.  I [Kevin] think introducing the community to your Blind Seer series would be of great help in that regard.”

Since I am indeed passionate about wolves and especially about how often wolves are misrepresented in fiction, folklore, and supposed fact, I am delighted to participate in Wolf Fest 2012 and help set the record straight.

Q: So, where will you be?  And when?

A: Weather permitting, I’ll be in the Dominguez Courtyard between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm.

This courtyard is over near Zimmerman Library.  I’ll be there  along with the folks from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.  The organizers kindly arranged for this special area so that the ambassador wolf would not be overwhelmed by crowds.   Then they offered to include me, so I would have a more controlled environment in which I could talk with those who dropped by.   I was very happy to accept.  After all, this means I get to spend several hours with one of the wolves!

Q: I like wolves well enough, but what if I wanted to come and talk to you about writing or some of your non-“Blind Seer books”…   Is that, okay?

A: Absolutely.   The folks from UNM’s book store have ordered copies of my books for sale, so I’ll be there in my “writerly” as well as “wolf-fan” capacity.

I’d be very happy to answer any questions I can about writing, both as a craft and a business.  Please remember, no question is “dumb.”  During my very first book signing, I was able to reassure a budding novelist that he wasn’t expected to come up with cover art for his book.  The look of relief on his face permanently addicted me to answering questions about all aspects of writing.

I hope to see some of you there!

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13 Responses to “Wolf Fest 2012”

  1. staceykatheryn Says:

    This sounds really interesting! I hope everything goes well for you.

  2. heteromeles Says:

    Have fun Jane. Hope you get lots of questions.

  3. Dominique Says:

    I am definitely going to stop by!

  4. Morton W. Kahl Says:

    Oh, how I envy you!

  5. shibiku Says:

    Wish I could go, Jane! And that is an absolutely beautiful picture, by the way! Looks like a great conversation.

    • shibiku Says:

      Pfff, WordPress is silly. Wish it would use the name I want to use instead of my user handle. I need to figure out how to be Rowan again.

    • heteromeles Says:

      Hi Rowan,

      WordPress is being annoying aren’t they? I yelled at them, and the email I got back was basically to change your email slightly. It doesn’t matter whether the email you put down even exists or not. So long as WordPress doesn’t recognize it, they won’t insist you log in and erase the comment you already wrote.

      Apparently this has something to do with that little “gravatar” image that’s attached to your post (WordPress bought the guys that produce them). That, or they want to link you to your comments.

      Personally, I think that encouraging customers to lie to you is counterproductive, but hey, it’s their prerogative.

  6. Paul Says:

    Makes me want to go re-read some of the “Wolf” books with Firekeeper and Blind Seer…

  7. Susan Bannister Says:

    What an awesome cause Jane!! Love the picture of you with the White wolf. Wish I lived near you–I’d be there. Happy Spring to you and your mother, Barbara!

  8. Brenda Purvis Says:

    Wish I could go!
    I did not know about this at all.

    I have a wolf hybrid and just adore her! Fabulous friend.

  9. janelindskold Says:

    I’m just in from Wolf Fest.

    We had a lovely day… I really enjoyed the chance to visit with people.

    And Forrest the wolf gave me my ration of wolf kisses, so I’m recharged.

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