Welcome to The 10th Annual Taos Poetry Festival 

Let the wine of love flow through your veins. -Rumi

Treat yourself to a poetic day, or a part of a day, or a whole week.   

Join us for open mics (sign up and read your poetry), writing and performance workshops, a publishing seminar, Rumi workshops, conversation salons, a snappy spoken-word show featuring our Taos youth poets, and a big stage poetry show featuring one of Taos' finest poets, Phyllis Hotch, award-winning poet and novelist Allan Wolf, and poet, songwriter, and Rumi translator Haleh Liza.  

Read the schedule: Scroll to the bottom of this page. 

 

 

Please welcome our featured poets 

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'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, -----▶  

 

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, --▶  

 

 

 

Phyllis Hotch 

Author of A Little Book of Lies and No Longer Time, poet Phyllis Hotch offers stunning poems in her newest book, 3 A.M. A masterful poet, Hotch writes about the past, the present, her husband’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, and what the future offers. Phyllis Hotch was born in New York City and raised a family and taught English in Massachusetts before finding home in Taos, New Mexico.  Phyllis served on the Board of Directors of SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) and as president for 14 of the 22 years. She worked to bring PEN to New Mexico to be a voice for censored and imprisoned writers.  She coordinated events in support of endangered and disappeared writers in Latin America; weekly readings of Poets for Peace in the months before the Iraq invasion; and two programs to bring attention to the Murdered Women of Juarez. Phyllis initiated programs, which SOMOS maintains, to offer partners for the homebound and a vibrant Youth Mentorship Program that has lasted for two decades.

 

 

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 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 an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.

 

 

 

The Taos Poetry Festival Schedule 

June 11 - 17, 2017

SUNDAY — June 11, 2017

CHANTING RUMI WORKSHOP
3:00-5:30 PM
"Let the wine flow through our veins."  - Rumi
 

THE WINE OF LOVE: In this workshop poet, musician, and Rumi translator Haleh Liza will induct us into the mystical realm of his poetry through new translations as well as chants in the original Persian, which we sing together.  After gentle exercises to open the body and voice, we will enter the mystical realm of his poems through our bodies as we physically sense the wonder of his words in Persian---the rhythm, rhyme, and transcendent meanings---resonating through us. No previous singing experience necessary.  Your tuition is 35.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

 TUESDAY — June 13, 2017

7:00-9:30 PM
OPEN MIC

 POET’S LIVING ROOM: An open mic Hosted by Ron Stock. Your suggested donation of 7.50 supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

WEDNESDAY— June 14, 2017

2:00 - 4:30 PM
CONVERSATION SALON

THE POETRY OF WAR AND PEACE: A Salon conversation hosted by Haleh Liza Dominique Warfield, and James Navé.  Bring your own poems or the poems of others to read and discuss. Your suggested donation of 7.50 supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it.  SOMOS SALON SPACE


6:30-9:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION

HOT OFF THE PRESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: How to Write, Submit, and Publish Your Work. Join this lively panel discussion hosted by Andrea Watson’s 3: A Taos Press and moderated by David Perez. Your suggested donation of 7.50 supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. Donate more if you can. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE


THURSDAY — June 15, 2017

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

TAKE THE MIC: A spoken-word workshop facilitated by veteran performance poets Allan Wolf and James Navé. Every reading, every performance is an opportunity to surprise your audience. Between the two of them, Wolf and Navé have performed over 10,000 shows in the past twenty-five years. Come. Pick their brains. Your tuition is 35.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

3:00 - 5:00 PM
OPEN MIC

POET’S LIVING ROOM: An open mic Hosted by Ron Stock. Your suggested donation of 7.50 dollars supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

THURSDAY NIGHT IS FREE.  SEE YOU ON FRIDAY. 


FRIDAY— June 16, 2017

10:00 - 12:30 PM
A SALON CONVERSATION

FALL IN LOVE WITH POETRY: A Salon Conversation about why the birds and the bees love poetry. Bring your favorite love poem or a favorite poem you love. Read it. Tell us why it turns you on. Hosted by James Navé, Haleh Liza, and movement artist Dominique Warfield. Your suggested donation of 7.50 supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under.  A sliding scale is available if you need it.  SOMOS SALON SPACE


3:00 - 5:00 PM
OPEN MIC

POET’S LIVING ROOM: AN open mic Hosted by Ron Stock. Your suggested donation of 7.50 supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under.   A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE. 


6:30 - 9:00 PM
YOUTH POETRY SHOW

YOUNG POETS BREAK FREE: A night of sizzling hot spoken-word poetry by the best young performance poets in Northern New Mexico. Your 10.00 suggested donation supports the poets. Donate more if you can. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it.  SOMOS SALON SPACE

SATURDAY — June 16, 2017

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WRITING WORKSHOP

WRITE ON BEDROOM WALLS: A Slightly Irreverent, and Totally Tremendous Guide to Writing Poetry with poet Allan Wolf. Bring your favorite writing journal and pen, and come ready to write! Your tuition is 35.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under.  A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

1:30 - 4:30 PM
A RUMI WORKSHOP #2
"How can fear disturb me when love has dissolved me?”

DISSOLVE IN THE SEA OF SPIRITS with poet, musician, and Rumi translator Haleh Liza, you'll explore how you can dance with the joys, music, and mysticism of Rumi.  Hear new translations, hear the poems in the original language, and write from the realm where his words leave you.  A short meditation, followed by recitations, and imaginative writing prompts to uncover your understanding of liberation.   Your tuition is 35.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON SPACE

6:30 - 9:30 P
BIG STAGE POETRY SHOW AT THE TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM (TCA)

Join your host James Navé along with poets Phyllis Hotch, Allan Wolf, Haleh Liza, plus some special guests for a poetry show you're sure to enjoy. Expect your poetic experience to be irreverent, humorous, political, mystical, exploratory, educational, entertaining, and essential.  Admission is 15.00 in advance or 20.00 at the door.  Call the TCA to reserve your tickets: 575.758.2052.

 


 

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

 

 

Sponsored by SOMOS and Open Hearth Arts