Bosque Launch Party

6 p.m. Dec. 6

4022 Rio Grande NW
Albuquerque, NM

As author Phyllis M Skoy reads, the staff of bosque literary journal and the audience listen in. Behind her, from left are poetry editor Hilda Raz, nonfiction editor Jill Root and co-founder/editor Lynn C. Miller. [PHOTO BY CAROLYN FLYNN]

Author Phyllis M Skoy was among the featured authors at the Bosque literary magazine launch party at Bookworks.

She read from her short story, “Neighbors,” which is featured in Bosque #8.







Author Festival at Albuquerque Museum

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3

Albuquerque Museum

2000 Mountain Road NW

Phyllis M Skoy will be featured at the Albuquerque Museum’s Author Festival among a diverse group of 50 talented New Mexico authors.

She will be sharing about the experience of writing Myopia, a memoir, as well as her novel, What Survives. And she will be happy to talk about the new book in the works! Copies of Myopia and What Survives will be available.

And don’t miss the author panel presentations that will be happening throughout the day, about everything from western fiction to romance to children’s books. One highlight will be the Conversation with Anne Hillerman and David Morrell at 1 p.m. They’ll be talking about “Writing What Floats Your Boat.” The full lineup is below.

If you’re a writer like Phyllis, you might want to know about the educational workshops the day before, Nov. 2. Full and half day workshops include Sarah Lovett on “Characterization in Fiction”; Joseph Badal, “Editing Makes All the Difference”; Sherri Burr on “What Writers Need to Know About Contracts and Copyrights”; and Dawn Wink on “Start to Finish: Following the Narrative Arc.”

Full details are at

Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center brunch and reading

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4

Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center
7901 Mountain Road NE, Albuquerque

Author Phyllis M Skoy will read from her new novel-in-progress (working title) Fatma, Daughter of the Prophet, at the Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center at a brunch event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

turkish pastryBrunch includes Turkish pastries, salad, Turkish coffee and much warm conversation. Tickets are $15 ($10 for children under 10, $6 for children under 6) and proceeds go to The Raindrop Foundation.

Here is a link to the EventBrite, so you can buy a ticket. Proceeds go to the Raindrop Foundation to promote friendship and conversation across cultures. The foundation has cultural centers in six states in America, and New Mexico is one of them.

‘The House of Eternal Belonging’ literary night

5G North Gallery

Factory on 5th

5-8 p.m. Sept. 14

Author Phyllis M Skoy, left, and Katyraven Hernandez Dorsey, the artist, at the literary art night, "The House of Eternal Belonging"

Author Phyllis M Skoy, left, and Katyraven Hernandez Dorsey, the artist, at the literary art night, “The House of Eternal Belonging”

A series of four weeklong exhibitions of the paintings by Katyraven Hernandez Dorsey featured  “The House of Eternal Belonging”, a literary evening with writers and poets lending their interpretation to the unseen portals that take us on migrations and in search of belonging. Featured performers were Albuquerque poet laureate emeritus Jessica Helen Lopez and authors Robert Wilder (Daddy Needs a Drink), Carolyn Dawn Flynn (Resurrection, Pretend) and Phyllis M Skoy (Myopia, a memoir; What Survives).

The literary event was part of a series of four weeklong exhibitions, “Portals Unseen,” featuring the paintings of Katyraven Hernandez Dorsey, through most of September.

The literary event was part of a monthlong conversation art, literature, music and science taking cues from Katyraven’s paintings, which are an exploration of unseen narratives, atmospheric and ethereal.

The Boston Book Tour

Author Phyllis M Skoy headed off to Boston in April 2018 for two events!

Skoy and Anna Ornstein (My Mother’s Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl) joined up for an invigorating discussion about two vital narratives of the Jewish experience.

This is Skoy’s Boston debut of Myopia, a memoir, in which she explores how trauma blurs our vision.

Told through the life of Skoy’s ophthalmologist father, who fled the Russian pogroms, Myopia asks whether we can ever really know another person.

In My Mother’s Eyes, Auschwitz survivor Ornstein gives us a collection of stories she read to her children over many years of Passover seders.

The theme of both evenings is “The Pain of Separation,” looking through the lens of their stories to examine the contemporary issues of refugees.

7 p.m. April 10, 2018

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

7 p.m. April 11, 2018

Vilna Shul
Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips Street
Boston, MA 02114
Co-sponsored by Trident Books & Cafe


In Corrales

At the Corrales Community Library event for International Women's Month. From left, Phyllis M Skoy, Hilda Raz and Lynn Miller.

At the Corrales Community Library event for International Women’s Month. From left, Phyllis M Skoy, Hilda Raz and Lynn Miller.

Hilda Raz, Phyllis M Skoy, and Lynn C. Miller read from their work and talk about women writers who have inspired them at 6 p.m. March 13, 2018, at the Corrales Library as part of Women’s History Month. Raz read poetry, Skoy read from her memoir Myopia, and Miller read fiction. See Phyllis’ blog post about it here.

Lynn C. Miller‘s third novel, The Day After Death, was a 2017 Lambda Award finalist. Prior novels are The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair. She is co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir and co-editor of Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography. Her story “Words Shimmer” was runner-up to the Editor’s Prize in Chautauqua Review in 2016. Lynn has taught writing and performance at the University of Southern California, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was professor of theatre and women’s studies. She is the editor of the literary journal, bosque, now in its eighth year.

Hilda Raz is editor of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press, and the poetry editor for the literary journal bosque. She is the author of seven books of poetry and a memoir, with Aaron Raz Link, What Becomes You, and editor of five books.  She is editor emerita of Prairie Schooner and founding director of the Prairie Schooner Book Prizes, a member of the Board of Directors, Goucher College MFA in Creative Nonfiction; a past president of AWP; and is Luschei Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, emerita, at the University of Nebraska. Here is more about her on the Poetry Foundation website.

Phyllis M Skoy lives with her husband and Australian cattle dog in Placitas, New Mexico, where she settled after living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years. After closing her psychoanalytic practice in 2017, she is devoting her time to writing. Skoy is the author of a novel, What Survives (2016), and Myopia, a memoir (2017), both published by IP Books in New York. What Survives was a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.  Skoy was named the Discovery of the Year (2013) by bosque, a literary journal, for her short story, “Life Before.” Skoy is writing a prequel to her first novel, and she hopes to write the sequel as well.

6 p.m. March 13, 2018

Corrales Community Library
84 W La Entrada Rd
Corrales, NM 87048
(505) 897-0733


7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2017

American Sephardi Federation
15 West 16th Street, New York City

asf_2014_logoJoin author Phyllis M Skoy for her New York City debut of Myopia, a memoir, in which she explores how trauma blurs our vision.

Told through the life of Skoy’s ophthalmologist father, who fled the Russian pogroms, Myopia asks whether we can ever really know another person.


3 p.m. Oct. 15, 2017

4022 Rio Grande Blvd., Albuquerque, NM

phyllis-bookworks marquee

Author Phyllis M Skoy welcomed a crowd at Bookworks for the debut of Myopia, a memoir, in which she explores how trauma blurs our vision.

Told through the life of Skoy’s ophthalmologist father, who fled the Russian pogroms, Myopia asks whether we can ever really know another person.

Skoy read two passages from the memoir, “Lemon Meringue Pie” and “An Awfully Hard Man to Kill.”


At the Intersection of Cultures: A Reading from Phyllis M Skoy, author of What Survives

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, American Sephardi Federation, New York City

asf_2014_logoJoin author Phyllis M Skoy at her New York City premiere, featuring readings from her novel, What Survives, at the American Sephardi Federation at 15 West 16th Street.

The American Sephardi Federation might seem like an unusual place to hold a book signing for a book about Turkey and Turkish culture. But Skoy points out that a rich Jewish culture existed in Turkey under the Ottoman Empire. However, with the establishment of the Turkish Republic, Ataturk and nationalism, serious difficulties were created for Armenians, Greeks and Jews living within what remained of the Ottoman Empire. If they were not slaughtered, they became “minority citizens.”

Foundations such as The American Sephardi Federation exist to create a place for the scattered Sephardic Jews from Spain, Portugal, Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East who also fled regimes in the stated countries from persecution or anti-Semitic laws, policies and regulations, she notes.

“Although this is not the topic of my novel, there is a primary character in the novel whose father came from German Jews who immigrated first to Turkey and then to the United States,” she writes. “I became interested in the history behind these people and then decided to create a fictional history for Mark’s father’s side of the family linking him to Turkey. I like to fantasize that my father’s Russian family immigrated to Russia from Turkey. Even though I was raised Ashkenazi, in the short time I spent living in Morocco, I came to believe I must be more Sephardic than Ashkenazi. And so having the opportunity to present in this venue is truly exciting for me.

“In my talk, I plan to discuss how ideas are born into novels and the seed for this particular novel. I will also share how I became so interested in Turkey and the Turkish people. I will read one or two segments from my novel and then will open up the remaining time to questions and comments.”

For more information about the venue, call (212) 294-8350.

To interview Skoy or to get details about the event or her book, email her here.


An afternoon at Bookworks

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Sept. 25

3 p.m. Sunday


4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107


Check out my full photo album from the event, on Facebook!

Aug. 28

3 p.m. Sunday

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