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Did you know...
  • Amador Publishers was founded in 1986 by Harry Willson and Adela Amador after a New York literary agent, in refusing to rep Harry's book, told him: "This is fresh and new and heartfelt, and the world needs it, and I'm not going to do it." (That book was A World for the Meek)
  • In 1989 Harry and Adela accepted my first novel for publication (The Time Dancer came out in 1991), and I was effectively apprenticed to them ever after.
  • In 2006 we formed Amador Publishers, LLC and I became a partner and managing editor of the press.
  • I took over the press in 2010 when Harry became very ill; both he and Adela are gone now, but their legacy lives on.
  • 4 out of the 4 titles we published between 2010 and 2013 were finalists in the NM-AZ Book Awards and 3 of them are First Place Winners. (I think our 2014 titles are going to make a good showing as well.)
  • Amador Publishers is completely independent; we have never been a subsidiary or imprint of any other press and we plan to keep it that way; our website is ad-free. Your book and ebook purchases keep us going. We also offer a variety of publishing options, editorial and book design services, and manuscript review.
    Zelda Gatuskin, Editor in Chief

Sunday, October 19, 2014, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
Books — Music — Refreshments — Poetry — and You!

collected poems

by Robin Matthews
The Short Verse of Kenneth Rexroth

by Donald Gutierrez

Many thanks to those who came!   Photos   Poetic Tribute

New E-books!
Paradise Found, and Lost: Odyssey in Chile
Vol.2 of Eva Krutein memoir
Amerika? America! - From Immigration to Espionage
Vol.3 of Eva Krutein memoir

Find more Amador e-books:
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In Memoriam: Michelle Miller Allen

Michelle Miller Allen died of complications from surgery on April 18, 2014 in Dunipace, Scotland, where she had made her home since 2005. She was 64. While she was known to her friends in New Mexico as a creative artist, author and editor, in Scotland she became an environmental campaigner who helped lead a revival of the River Carron. "She was described as a tireless community champion who loved the footpaths and green spaces in and around Denny and Falkirk, and worked hard to improve them for the benefit of all" (The Falkirk Herald, May 4 2014). Naturally she applied her literary skills to the task, editing the New Leaf News for the Community Green Initiative, the organization she helped to found.

Michelle was a self-described "army brat." Born in North Carolina, she traveled extensively in her childhood. She attended school in New Orleans, and eventually settled in New Mexico, where she worked as a paralegal while earning a Masters degree in Theater from UNM. Her poetry, short fiction and articles appeared in various literary and arts magazines in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and online. Her plays were produced at venues throughout New Mexico, and her book of fiction, Hunger in the First Person Singular (Amador Publishers, 1992), won the New Mexico Press Women's Best Book Zia Award. Miller Allen was the mastermind and lead editor of Amador's anthology, Christmas Blues, Behind the Holiday Mask (1995). Her novel Journey from the Keep of Bones, was awarded First Runner Up for Best Visionary Fiction, 2003 by the National Coalition of Visionary Resources. In 2007, she published the posthumous memoir of Elizabeth McBride, Last of the Nice Girls. She was in the process of completing two mystery novels.

Michelle had made her home in Jemez Springs for a number of years. She moved to Scotland following the death of her husband, Rick Allen, but continued to operate her production company, Green Phoenix Productions, an effort dedicated to "encourag[ing] creative people to keep creating in order to counteract the destructive forces on the planet."

Wherever Michelle landed, she brought people together, energized and inspired. She has left her mark on the hearts on many on both sides of the Atlantic. At the Amador Book Bash on October 19, 2014, Zelda Leah Gatuskin, now editor in chief of Amador Publishers, will offer a tribute to her friend and "literary big sister," who helped to establish a national and international reputation for our homegrown press.

Michelle's Author Page


press release

FROM FEAR TO LOVE by Harry Willson


Winners announced November 15, 2013. NM-AZ Book Awards

December 2013:  This Website Has Been Updated!
We've retained our classic look, while giving everything a good going-over:

On-line Shopping
Locate books using our Alphabetical List of Titles, or Browse the Catalog. Shop directly from the Catalog or from individual book pages. Our Latest Releases are now grouped together at the top of the Catalog. Hosted Titles are fully integrated into both the Catalog and Alpha Title list.

On-line Payment
Improved shopping cart buttons and Paypal integration provide easy, secure, on-line payment with your preferred credit card or from your Paypal account. A Paypal account is not required for credit card purchases. If you have a Paypal account, you are not required to use it for your purchase. When you have completed the payment portion of your order, you will be given a chance to enter a different shipping address and to provide additional notes.

Reduced Prices
All Mini-Gift Books now $3.95 (were $5).
All Mid-List Titles now $14.95 (were $16.50 to $22)
All Back-List Titles now $7.99 (were $10 to $15)

E-Mail links are working!
The ghosts of Harry's e-mail have finally been erased, though of course the spirit of our beloved co-founder Harry Willson lives on within these pages.

Now Available from Amador Publishers
Walking The Four Directions
Native Spirit in Poetry, Photography and Commentary
Circumference of Forever
Poetry in the Sufi Tradition

We are pleased to be able to assist the authors and publishers in distributing these titles.

In Memoriam: Donald Kenneth Gutierrez

Amador Publishers author Donald Gutierrez died on October 29, 2013 at the age of 81. Born March 10, 1932, in Oakland, Calif., to Alicia Ruiz Chamorro and J. Salvador Gutierrez, he lived most of his young life in San Francisco and the Bay Area. He received his B.A. in English Literature and M.L.S. at UC Berkeley in 1958. While there he met and soon married artist Marlene Zander. After a stint on the East Coast, where Don applied his librarian skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Library and later with Grosset and Dunlap publishers, the couple returned to California. Don earned his PhD from UCLA in 1964 and soon accepted a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The family, which by then also included two sons, moved to New Mexico for Don's new assignment as professor of English Literature at Western New Mexico University. Despite the demanding teaching loads, Don persevered in his creative drives, sustaining a brilliant career as a poet, literary critic, and essayist. After retiring to Albuquerque, he also emerged as a deeply committed champion of humanitarian causes and social justice, evidenced in his vast contributions in books, essays, articles, book reviews, papers translated into Spanish, lectures, public readings, and participation in many public protests. Don ultimately wrote seven books. The most recent, Feeling the Unthinkable: Essays on Social Justice, won the Political book category in the New Mexico-Arizona 2013 Book Awards. Don was an inspiring and compassionate man who will be sorely missed by his family and his many friends and colleagues, but his rich legacy endures. (with thanks to Lolita Gutierrez Brockington)

New E-books!
EVA'S WAR: A True Story of Survival
CAESAR OF SANTA FE: A Novel from History
FEELING THE UNTHINKABLE: Essays on Social Justice
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FEELING THE UNTHINKABLE and Donald Gutierrez Online
Video from KRWG
Don Gutierrez discusses his book.

Chapter 28 - "When Were You Last in Mexico?" Ethnic Identity and a 1950s Bus Trip Through the South posted at Somos en escrito The Latino literary online magazine, with thanks to Armando Rendón


Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
Printable Flier

A Remembrance & Farewell to Adela Amador
June 21, 1922 - May 25, 2012

A celebration of Adela's life will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 PM in the Salon Ortega at the Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque.

MAY 5, 2012
Zelda Gatuskin's Humanist Essay
wins 2nd Place for Columns-General in the
2012 New Mexico Press Women's Journalism Competition

New Features on This Site
New for MLK Day 2012: Ashley Jordan's essay, Words of Yesterday and Today: Harry Willson's Trip to Alabama
We are proud to reprint here Gene H. Bell-Villada's essay, Who Was Ayn Rand? (originally published in SALMAGUNDI, Winter 2003-2004).

Recent Releases
now available as E-Book
a novel by Zelda Leah Gatuskin
2010 WINNER!   New Mexico Book Awards
Collected poems by Zelda Leah Gatuskin

February 12, 2010: CIA Declassifies History of the Glomar Explorer
Interested in a first-hand account of Project Azorian? We have it! The story of how naval engineer Manfred Krutein assisted the CIA in raising a sunken Soviet submarine from the ocean floor, including orchestrating the "Glomar Explorer" ocean mining cover story for this secret project is told with breathtaking immediacy in his diary entries, which are interspersed with wife Eva's chronicle in AMERIKA? AMERICA! From Immigration to Espionage by Eva and Manfred Krutein. (This memoir was vetted by the CIA.)

2009 Releases
Hear author-artist Zelda Leah Gatuskin discuss and read from the book on Write On Four Corners with Connie Gotch. Click here to listen now, or go to KSJE-FM Write On Four Corners Archive.

In Memoriam: Harry Willson
Press Release

March 10, 2010: It is with deep sorrow that I report the death of Amador Publishers founder Harry Willson at the age of 77. We will miss his wit, wisdom, generosity and unbounded love. He was my dear friend and mentor for more than twenty years. I can still hear him saying, "You're doing it, kiddo," by way of encouragement whenever I felt I had bitten off more than I could chew. He will be with me always in spirit, and with us all through his copious writings. I know I speak for all of Harry's friends, readers and admirers in sending deepest sympathies to Adela, Mary, Andy, Mark and the rest of Harry's family. The greatest honor we can do Harry is to read his words, mix 'em up with a little of our own grey matter, and let ourselves grow in our capacities to think, understand and love. Harry's writing meant the world to him, and it was his gift to the world. He has left a good deal of literary work behind, much of it unpublished, most of it as timely as the day it was written. Harry is gone but still giving. I will continue to publish an essay each month. Here is Harry's Essay for March. with a heavy heart, Zelda

Harry Willson, 77, a resident of New Mexico since 1958, passed away March 9, 2010. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Adela Amador; a daughter, Mary Osgood and her husband, Bob; son, Andy and son, Mark and his wife, Margot Richardson; step-son, Orlando and step-son, Armando and his partner, Cammy Kinstedt; two sisters, Ann Willson Amidon and Susan Willson Harr and their families; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many dear, dear friends. The family would like to extend their thanks to the loving staff members at Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of the Sandias for all your efforts to make Harry's last days as joy-filled and comfortable as possible. An Open House celebrating Harry's life was held at La Fonda del Bosque Restaurant at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Sunday, March 21st. The family asks that all tributes be in the form of donations to the Humanist Society of New Mexico.

Tributes from Harry's Readers
(and how to contribute your own)

2007 & 2008 Releases

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