Plume: A Writer's Companion "Love Yourself" Soiree

Plume: A Writer's Companion celebrates a year with a book release for Dear Writer and a reading from contributors, including poet laureates Michelle Otero (Albuquerque) and Cynthia Patton (Livermore, CA) and others.

Attendees to the "Love Yourself" event can sign up for a raffle for prizes from New Mexico Tea Co, Remedy Day Spa, and Bookworks.

About Plume: A Writer's Companion


ALBUQUERQUE, NM, JANUARY 15, 2020—New Mexico writers Melanie Unruh Rodriguez and Jennifer Simpson teamed up to create a subscription box business to showcase and encourage women writers and deliver inspiration, creativity-boosting products, and New Mexico magic. The book Dear Writer, features the letters from Plume’s first year’s worth of letters of inspiration and encouragement that subscribers receive. 

Plume will launch the book with a reading event at 3 pm on Saturday, February 15 at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.  The reading will feature Albuquerque’s poet laureate, Michelle Otero, and fellow Plume contributor, Livermore California’s poet laureate, Cynthia Patton.

Sponsored  by Remedy Day Spa and the New Mexico Tea Company, attendees will get a chance to win a massage, and some tea gifts.

The book, Dear Writer,  is a collection of the first year of letters from women writers Amy Wallen, Casandra López, Judy Reeves, Tanaya Winder, Samantha Tetangco, Julia Halprin Jackson, Suzanne Richardson, Maria DeBlassie, Michelle Otero, Cynthia Patton, Jennifer Jordán Schaller, and Sarah Mina Osman-Mikesell—letters at the core of Plume:a writer’s companion’s subscription box. These writers are Midwesterners, New Yorkers, and Southerners. Some are from California and some are Texans. Some now call New Mexico home. They are emerging writers, late bloomers, teachers, and performers; they have published books, poetry, novels, memoirs, essays, short stories, and long reads. They work in offices, from coffee shops, on college campuses and in the community; some work online and some work from home. Two are poets laureate. They are married and single. Some are moms and stepmoms, and they represent every generation from the Millennials to Gen X, and even Baby Boomers. They are Egyptian, Asian, Native, and Latinx. They are all successful women writers.The letters included in this work are funny, sad, poignant, and smart. Most of all, each letter is inspiring in its own unique way. Maybe readers will consume this book all in one satisfying gulp, or maybe they will keep it on their writing desk and turn to it when they need encouragement. “We hope readers will be as inspired by these creative women as we are,” says Simpson. 

Rodriguez says the idea for the box came about because she saw a real need to create a community for women writers, to inspire them and build their self-esteem.  “As women, we often juggle many titles and responsibilities, and unfortunately, many of us end up relegating our creative writing aspirations to the back burner. Couple this with the gendered disparities in publishing, and women lack opportunities to tend to their creativity and to get their work out into the world,” Rodriguez says.

Each month Plume subscribers receive a letter from a successful woman writer along with a sampling of her literary work.  But Plume is more.  A basic subscription includes writing prompts, and some treats like tea and chocolate. The Plume Plus subscription includes more specialty items, Self-Care for the Creative Soul™. “We want to remind women writers to honor their work and their selves,” says Simpson.  “Though publishing is important, for many of us, writing is a lifestyle, and a Plume subscription supports that.”

Melanie Unruh Rodriguez is a writer of short stories, YA novels, and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The BoilerCutthroatSixfoldPost RoadNew Ohio Review, and Philadelphia Stories, among others. She was nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and received notable mention in Best American Essays 2013.  She earned her MFA in creative writing from UNM in 2011.

Jennifer Simpson is a marketing strategist, community builder, and teacher. She is the Director of DimeStories International, where authors share their 3-minute stories at open mic events in four cities and online. Her work has been published in various journals including Garfield Lake ReviewBartleby Snopes, and Practical WeldingToday.  She earned her MFA in creative writing in 2012.

For more information about Plume, visit the website, or connect with Plume via social media @plumeforwriters.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107