June 15-17, 2017

the Sacred Mountain is Calling.  Join us.

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Your theme this year is come home to poetry. In his poem, The Death of the Hired Man, Robert Frosts says, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / they have to take you in."  Indeed, no matter when you knock, poetry will open its doors and says, "Hello dear friend, it's good of you to come, thank you for traveling so far."

No matter where you live in this big, big world, The Taos Poetry Festival welcomes you. Come and be part of our family, be part of our home. 

Our featured poets include Allan Wolf, Haleh Liza, your host James Navé, and selected youth poets, to be announced. Thank you for your support.  

Sponsored by SOMOS and Open Hearth Arts. 


Allan Wolf 

Allan Wolf is a two-time winner of the North Carolina YA Book Award, Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC. Allan spent fifteen years as the educational director of Poetry Alive!, and he is considered one of the founding fathers of the National Poetry Slam movement. His poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Lady Bug Magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (NC YA Book Award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry), More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her, and Immersed in Verse. His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits, poetry shows, and inspirational talks for all ages.

Allan Wolf on the Radio: Who killed Christopher Goodman? 

Allan Wolf's work as a writer has a way of sneaking up on you with odd twists and turns. In this interview, I expected Allan and I would talk about poetry, traveling the byways of America, the joy of friendship, and life in general. Imagine how surprised I was then the conversation drifted into true crime and Allan's new book about the murder of his high school friend.  Who is ultimately responsible? Allan wonders in this interview. His conclusion might surprise you. Listen to Allen's interview, just there to your right -----▶  


Haleh Liza

Haleh Liza is a poet and musician born in NYC of Iranian descent. She has toured through the US and Europe playing venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Bonnaroo Festival, and the Mimi Fest in Marseilles with past projects, Haale and The Mast. Her poems have been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recited her poems at the MET, the Fetzer Institute's Gathering for Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy, and most recently Verses of Hope hosted by Brainpickings and the Academy of American Poets. She has given talks on Rumi's poetry at various venues including Dartmouth University, University of Cincinnati, and the Wanderlust festival. She lives in Brooklyn where she is currently completing a book of original poems and a book of translations of Rumi's poetry. 

Haleh Liza's poetic work invites you to travel to worlds which seem familiar. When you listen to Haleh preform her poem Bathing in the Amazon you'll experience what she experienced in the "green heart of the forest pulsing with animal songs." Enjoy Bathing in the Amazon, enter just there to your right --▶  




Festival Director James Navé

Taos Poetry Festival director James Navé is a poet, teacher, creativity consultant, spoken word artist, performance coach, and arts entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Twice 5 Miles, a content and marketing collective based in Taos and Brooklyn. He and Julia Cameron established and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos, NM, 1995-2003. He co-founded Poetry Alive! a theater company that has performed traditional poems as theater for millions of students. His work has appeared in two books of poetry and in numerous journals and magazines. Navé has memorized over 500 poems.  He holds a BA in International Relations and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.



Highlights of 2016 Taos Poetry Festival 



Made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the department of cultural affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

A production of Open Hearth Arts Inc