Lizette Ruiz, Managing EditorLizette_Ruiz

Lizette Ruiz holds an MS in Communication from Purdue University and a BA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently an adjunct Speech Instructor at El Paso Community College. Lizette is passionate about writing, animal rights, and human rights. She is currently working on her first novel and has plans to work on many more soon. She loves to write and read fiction, primarily, but also appreciates poetry and any other genres of literature. Lizette is a proud Dog Mom of two dachshunds Slinky and Apple.


Daniel Rios

Daniel Rios, Memorias del Silencio Project Director

Daniel Ríos is from Medellín, Colombia, moved to El Paso, and found a home in the borderland. He has a degree in Audiovisual Communications and has written and directed 2 short films: Le Cayó Mierda a la Sopa and Ábaco, of which the latter was part of the Official Selection in different film festivals in Latin America. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso. His short story collection, Los Tiburones a veces tienen Pesadillas, won the first prize of Becas a la Creacion Artistica granted by the city of Medellín. In addition to his work  in  the UTEP and EPCC classrooms,  his other passion is being behind the camera. Visit his website to learn more and view his photos.


550985_799244411264_1738236671_nRichie Marrufo, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series Project Director

Richie David Marrufo is a native El Pasoan. He teaches English at El Paso Community College and is the   current Project Director of The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series – El Paso’s premiere open mic night. Richie has been able to expand the open mic to new venues and nights throughout El Paso. He has traveled and competed in the Southwest United States as a member of El Paso’s most recent slam poetry team and has conducted various writing workshops within the city to people of all ages. He is an advocate for the voice of the community and the support of local artistic endeavors.


Jon Nehls, ForWord Project DirectorJon

Originally from Denver, Jonathan Nehls currently lives in El Paso, Texas where he teaches at UTEP, El Paso Community College, and Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Stream and The Ilanot Review. He is also contributor to The Rio Grande Rift




Regina Muir, ForWord Workshop Facilitator 

Regina Chavez Muir is an El Paso native who is currently an adjunct English instructor at El Paso Community College and Park University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso where she also received a Master’s degree in English and American Literature. Regina loves to roam around the city and discover new places. She also spends a great deal of time in front of the television and writes short stories of the science fiction/horror genre.


Gina Keenan, Intern Coordinator

Gina is originally from the east coast and employed as a Dietetic Technician, Registered at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Since moving to El Paso, she’s fallen in love with the culture, food, and of course the amazing hiking trails. Gina completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, and her graduate degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts. She currently lives with her dog Speedy, cat Ash, and enjoys meeting new people. She looks forward to working with everyone and volunteering in our wonderful community!


Yazmin Garcia, Newsletter Editor 11150441_815141968534481_3010156914909074329_n

Yazmin is a 21-year-old girl, born and raised in El Paso, TX. Her friends and family call her Yazzi, and you’re more than welcome to do so as
well. She is currently a Junior at UTEP and is working on a Multimedia Journalism degree. After graduation, she plans on relocating and becoming a music journalist and/or a nature and wildlife photographer. She absolutely loves photography, traveling, live music, and meeting new people.



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    My name is Manny Martinez Jr, and I would like to invite you all to read my newly released book, entitled The Path of Everyone. It is a compilation of poems I began writing over 20 years ago up to the present day, show the emotional growth and turmoil we each must face along the way. It is available to download on any computer or phone. I hope you all enjoy. Thank you!


    Manny Martinez Jr.

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