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Tom Johnson's 35-year career in journalism has taken him from the classroom to the newsroom and back. Johnson began using computers to tease meaning out of data while a Ph.D. candidate in the early '1970s to study the impact of technology on urban spaces. By the early '1980s, he was writing about dedicated word processing systems (think $13,000 in 1978 dollars) and covering the early stages of personal computing in Silicon Valley for TIME and Popular Science. Johnson was a reporter for Time Magazine in El Salvador in the mid-'1980s, the start-up editor of MacWeek and a deputy editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is a Professor of Journalism (Emeritus) at San Francisco State University and the founder and co-director of the Institute for Analytic Journalism in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Patty O’Sullivan, Ph.D., or Dr. Patty as the kids call her, is an award-winning educator and documentarian. Her experience includes working as a community advocate for rural communities in Northern New Mexico, an educator in the inner cities and a producer in Hollywood. Her newest book, “Parenting at Warp Speed”, is the result of her developing programs for today’s generation of youth raised with technology and guiding them in developing critical thinking skills to make positive choices for their education, friends and behavior. Dr. Patty’s positive youth development program, Envision Your Future, is being implemented in schools, youth programs, the juvenile justice system and juvenile crime prevention; and also includes parent/teen, teacher and mother/daughter workshops, which foster an understanding and appreciation of today’s youth, build positive intergenerational relationships and are a catalyst for helping youth develop productive futures.

Barbara Beasley Murphy is currently writing a series of books celebrating four of New Mexico’s Museums under the auspices of the Department of Cultural Affairs and The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, which will show a boy's or girl's transformation by finding the knowledge, wonder and the magnificence of life revealed in a museum. Beasley Murphy has written books for young adults and younger children for 30 years and knows that great museums transform kids' lives. She won the Zia Award for Miquel, the Christopher Award for The New York Kid’s Book and was awarded a fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference. The graduate of University of North Carolina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, The Authors Guild, The New Mexico Book Association and The New Mexico Women's Forum.

Kirk Ellis
(Confirmation Pending)

Kirk Ellis, writer/producer, won two Emmys and the Humanitas Prize for his work on HBO’s John Adams, which scored a record 23 nominations, 13 Emmys, and four Golden Globe awards, and a Writers Guild of America nomination for his script. Ellis wrote and was co-executive producer of the seven-part HBO miniseries based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. Ellis made his feature film debut writing and co-producing The Grass Harp. Ellis received an Emmy nomination and won the Writers Guild of America and the Humanitas Prize for writing and co-producing the ABC miniseries Anne Frank. Additional credits include writer of the award-winning ABC miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family, co-executive producer of Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, writer of The Three Stooges telefilm and writer of an episode and supervising producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated TNT/DreamWorks miniseries Into the West for which Ellis received the Wrangler Award for Best Television Feature from the National Western Heritage Museum. Ellis’ current projects are 1776 for HBO, adapting the James Ellroy novel American Tabloid as a series for Playtone and HBO and working on the feature project Blood and Thunder.

Donald S. Lamm Donald S. Lamm is from the book publishing world where he has spent his career as an editor, publisher, and, now, literary agent. In 1956 he joined the W.W. Norton Publishing Company, where he worked for 45 years, over half that time as president and chairman. He also served as the chairman of the governing board of Yale University Press, as a trustee of Columbia University Press, and is currently a trustee of the University of California Press. He is the outgoing vice president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Don was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997and has been a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study. He was the 1998 Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.

Don and his wife Jean are residents of Santa Fe.

Liesette Paisner
Conference Director

Liesette Paisner , director of Southwest Literary Center’s 2009 Santa Fe Writers Conference is a third year history and communications student on the Dean’s List at the University of New Mexico. Liesette is the New Mexico Coordinator of Martin Luther King III’s Realizing the Dream Inc, Poverty in America Initiative. She was the coordinator and guide for the Northern New Mexico segment of the 2007 RTD Listening and Learning Tour and organized video interviews with New Mexicans for the American Life Television 2007 documentary Poverty in America. Paisner was an intern and the office manager of Recursos and the Southwest Literary Center in Santa Fe, NM in 2007-2008. Liesette was Co-director of the Southwest Literary Center’s 2008 Women Writers Conference.

Ellen Bradbury-Reid
Recursos de Santa Fe Director

As executive director of Recursos, Ellen strives to create an atmosphere that encourages an active intellectual and artistic exchange of ideas and to bridge the gap between academic and popular audiences. She has established many successful programs under her tutelage, such as the Smithsonian Institution Seminars, the Southwest Literary Center, Arts of the Americas and Natural History Study Tours. With advanced degrees in art history, Ellen is sought as a lecturer and consultant for many prestigious arts organizations around the country and has served the arts in other prominent roles, such as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM and Curator of Primitive Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, MN


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The Santa Fe Writers Conference is presented by the Southwest Literary Center, a division of Recursos de Santa Fe, a private not-for-profit organization which presents nationally-recognized seminars & conferences in the arts, sciences, letters, & humanities. Funders include the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.