"I always intended to get serious about my fiction writing
at some point,” says award winning author Martha Egan. “But it took
a hideous experience with US Customs to force me into
it." Her semi-autobiographical first novel, Clearing
Customs, was named Book of the Year (Fiction 2005) by OnLine Review
of Books & Current
Affairs. Both of her next titles, Coyota & La Ranfla & Other New Mexico Stories won Bronze IPPY Awards for Mountain-West
Best Regional Fiction from Independent Publisher Online.
Egan publishes under her own imprint, Papalote Press. Papalote's
focus is on fiction and nonfiction of social and literary merit
reflective of the culture of the American Southwest.
Her nonfiction books, Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas (1991) and Relicarios:
Devotional Miniatures from the Americas (1994) were published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.
Egan has been a Latin American folk art dealer since 1974 and owns Pachamama,
a folk art gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Check out her new blog here: tortillamartatellsall.blogspot.com. She earned a BA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela in the late 60’s. She grew up in northeastern Wisconsin and is a rabid Packer fan. These days, she lives in Corrales, New Mexico, with coyotes, roadrunners, quail, entirely too many ground squirrels, and the ghost of an old cat.
The Editor & Chief of Papalote Press is Pachamama alumna,
Santa Fe textile and book artist, Carol Eastes. She holds
a BA in Art & Theatre from Rockford College in Illinois
from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She had a Fulbright
Tutor Grant in India, where she taught English & studied
Rajasthani textiles. She first came to New Mexico in 1972
to work in the Santa Fe Opera costume shop, returned in
1976, and basically forgot to leave.