THE TAOS POETRY FESTIVAL
JUNE 15-17, 2017
Sponsored by SOMOS and OPEN HEARTH ARTS
Our featured poets include
Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Aliya Martinson, your host James Navé, Nathan Brown, selected youth poets, and you, we couldn't do this without you.
Here's what The New Yorker says about our special guest poet Ocean Vuong:
"Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition....His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion."
THE TAOS POETRY FESTIVAL is proud to welcome New York-based Ocean Vuong, one of America's youngest major poets, to the stage at the Taos Community Auditorium. In an April 2016 essay titled How a Poet Named Ocean Means to Fix the English Language, The New Yorker magazine said: "Ocean Vuong is not an experimental poet, but he is a poet of the American experiment." Read Ocean’s poem Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong in The New Yorker, 2015. Listen to NPR’s All Things Considered piece In the Lines of Ocean Vuong, Echoes of His Family’s Past in Vietnam. Watch PBS NEWS HOUR: Vietnamese-American Poet Contemplates His Personal Ties To War. Ocean will also teach a master workshop SUGGEST A NEW HIERARCHY for the Taos youth and adult poets, Saturday, June 4th, 12-4.
Read The New York Times excellent review of Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, from Copper Canyon Press published this spring, 2016. He is also the author of two chapbooks: No (YesYes Books, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was an American Library Association’s Over The Rainbow selection.
A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry and fiction have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. His work has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he resides in New York City and is currently at work on his first novel.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion, in back alleys and in her children’s
Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of
Sabina Jones has been writing poetry ever since discovered how to form words in elementary school. She says, “I write and read poetry every day because a day without poetry is not much of a day at all.” Sabina’s poetry explores the human experience and how the heavy idea of loneliness shapes everyone. She believes the colorful language of poetry lies within us all, a language we must share with ourselves and then the world. She attends Taos High School. After she graduates, Sabina plans to hike Europe with a journal in her backpack and a pen in her pocket.
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.
Our 2106 Youth Poets
Friday, June 3, 2016 The Harwood Museum 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Isabella Tovino, often described as a brilliant young writer, is a recent high school graduate. Her current work is a collection of young adult short stories involving fairies and mental health. She plans to college for rhetoric and psychology.
Brayan Salinas often writes poetry and has been published in several chapbooks. His poetry analyzes the components of what it means to be human. He will be a high school senior next year and plans on going to college, where he'll likely major in something useless. Brayan discovered his love for writing soon after being hit by a semi-truck while reading a bumper sticker about gentrification.
Arasely Rodriguez has traveled human experience through words. She is a Taos High School 2016 graduate and is going to attend Regis University. Her work has been published in Taos High School chapbooks and she has performed at the Taos Music Chamber Group’s “Play it Forward.” Whenever she writes she tries to convey an emotional connection. She loves to bake and watch the sunset from her bedroom window. The clear starry sky and the earth’s evening sigh are things she especially finds wonderful.
Ella Aquino is an almost 11 year old who has been writing and composing since she was 4. She enjoys writing, acting, playing soccer, hanging with friends and playing with her two cats Zari & Carmelo. She attends Taos Academy and is no newcomer to performing javing been seen in many local productions since her debut at 3 in North Carolina.
Elizabeth Pacheco is a 17 year old poet who attends Taos Academy Charter School. She is also a hockey player, figure skater, writer, 4-H member, singer, and rodeo queen. In the third grade her teacher said she could be a poet. She took that and never let go, and with all the good things in her life, she has plenty to write about.
Ella Hatfield has always been passionate about writing and fantasy. She draws al
Hana O’Brien Ishikawa has been performing onstage since she was four years old, acting, singing and even doing stand-up. Poetry is a new adventure for her, and she is very excited to be a part of the 2016 Taos Poetry Festival, Words Alive Show.
Makenna Tafoya-Kesson is a dedicated performance poet and singer not only in the local community, but internationally. An emerging young talent herself, she’s worked to support our young poets.
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