March 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Learn about Publishing, Celebrate with Lee Merrill Byrd ’67 of Cinco Puntos Press

Lee Merrill Byrd

Lee Merrill Byrd

While many reunion classes are busy planning events for Reunion, the Class of 1967 has reason to celebrate in both March and June. Classmates are invited back to campus on Friday, March 23—a few weeks before marking their 45-year reunion—to recognize Lee Merrill Byrd ’67 and her achievements in the world of publishing.

Byrd began Cinco Puntos Press in 1985 in El Paso, Texas, with her husband, Bobby. Since its establishment, the company has received the American Book Award for excellence in publishing and was inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame. In addition to being a successful publisher, Byrd is an accomplished author, who has written a number of short stories and children’s books. She has received numerous awards, and her first novel, Riley’s Fire, was named one of the top 10 books of 2006 by People Magazine.

“It’s a delight and pleasure for me, as the director of the Visiting Writers Series, to welcome the Byrds back to campus for a second time—on this occasion to fete them for their publishing success and celebrate their recently published, prize-winning volume of poems and personal essays by writers of disability, Beauty is a Verb,” says Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English.

The celebration will begin with a publishing workshop on Friday, March 23, at 2 p.m. A special sit-down dinner for the class of 1967 will be held in the Rose and Mirror Rooms at 5 p.m. Following dinner, the entire Arcadia community is invited to a reading and reception.

“We’re hoping you will be able to spend the evening with Lee, some of your Beaver College classmates, and the delightful Arcadia faculty,” say Tina Talarico Brick ’67 and Betsy Mackerell Ruch ’67. RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 215-572-2160 or


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