The University of New Mexico Department of Spanish and Portuguese hosts a symposium titled, "Siempre el Corazón," about New Mexican author Jim Sagel Thursday, Oct. 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Ortega Hall Reading Room and Lounge.

The symposium features scholarly discussions of Sagel's writing and role in the community, readings of his works, and performances by local theater troupe Teatro Paraguas.

Jim Sagel (1947-1998) was born into a monolingual English-speaking family in Colorado and moved to Española, N.M. in 1969. He later learned Spanish from his wife's family, and became keen observer of northern New Mexican Indo-Hispano culture. His first major publication, the bilingual short story collection Tunomás Honey, won the 1981 Premio Casa de las Americas literary prize, sparking intense debate within the Chicano literary community about the Chicanesque nature of his writing.

Sagel's numerous short story and poetry collections, including Sabelotodo Entiendelonada (1988) and Más que no love it (1991), were often published in both New Mexican Spanish dialect and in English, a rare undertaking at the time. His triptych of children's books, Donde soplan los vientos de canela (1993), Jardín de cuentos (1996) and Siempre el corazón (1998) were likewise published bilingually and met with success, as did his award-winning play Doña Refugio y su comadre(1997). While a prolific creative writer and journalist, Sagel was also an impassioned instructor of creative writing, literature, and Spanish language at several northern New Mexico colleges.

This symposium was organized in response to the recent growth of scholarly and popular interest in Sagel's life and writing, and aims to contribute to the discussion.

For a complete schedule of events, visit: Siempre el Corazón Symposium