Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Main Stage Poetry Show: SUGGEST A NEW HIERARCHY

Your delight will dawn during The Taos Poetry Festival's SUGGEST A NEW HIERARCHY  evening show at the Taos Community Auditorium. This show will be a blend of Buddhist meditation, StorySLAM Bout vibe, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, sassy spoken word poems, music, some playful improvisational, a few folk songs, andoodles of significant, well crafted poetry. Our featured poets include Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, Aliya Martinson, Veronica Golos, Nathan Brown, Sabina Jones, selected youth poets, your host James Navé, and you, we couldn't do this without you. We are lucky to have these wonderful poets onstage with us in Taos, most especially Ocean Vuong.  Ocean's honors include fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Poets House, Kundiman, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts as well as an Academy of American Poets Prize, an American Poetry Review Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, a Pushcart Prize, and a Beloit Poetry Journal Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Buy your tickets now. Admission for adults is 15 dollars. FREE for Students under 18. Tickets for the Saturday night show with Ocean Vuong are on sale M-F, 10 to 5 at the TCA office (575) 758-2052 or at the theater box office when open to other TCA event. Have questions? Email James Navé, text or call 919-949-2113.

Buy Saturday night tickets • 15 * Bring your receipt for admission

Ocean's new book Night Sky With Exit Wounds is selling like crazy: Buy it here on Amazon. 

 

Don't miss this once in a lifetime show. Admission for adults is 15 dollars. FREE for Students. Email James Navé for more information. You can buy tickets on the night of the show at the TCA box office.

Have questions? Call or text James Navé at 919-949-2113 or PayPal to secure your tickets now. 

 

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Jun
4
12:30 PM12:30

SUGGEST A NEW HIERARCHY: A Poetry Workshop with Ocean Vuoug

OCEAN VUONG'S POETRY WORKSHOP: "The poet's job is to suggest a new hierarchy," Ocean Vuong said one soft October night during a poetry salon in his small apartment living room in Queens, New York. Like we did that evening in Ocean's apartment, in this workshop, you will explore how to suggest a new hierarchy, both on the page and in your life. Yes indeed, you will write and read poetry during this session. 

Register for Ocean • 45 • Bring your receipt for admission.

Ocean's following comment will give you a good idea of the kind of questions you will explore. “The reading of poetry is in itself an act of political resistance to the mainstream, particularly in this election cycle, where there is this great anxiety for certainty.

What is your position? What is your stance? Why are you flip-flopping? There’s an anxiety of certainty and power and boldness … But poetry acknowledges the true complexity of what it means to be human, which is that nothing is ever that certain.”  


Watch Ocean Vuong discuss his personal ties to war on PBS NEWSHOUR, May 3, 2016. Click Here.

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Admission for adults 45 dollars. FREE for Students. Register now. 

 Call or text James Navé at 919-949-2113 to reserve your space; or PayPal. 

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Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

Words Alive! Poetry Salon: Saturday June 4, 2016

Hosted by Festival Director James Navé

POETRY SALON: Building on the momentum from Friday's poetry salon, prepare your poetic ideas, bring your Words Alive! poems to read, contribute your thoughts. We will talk about the craft of writing poems, unpack ideas around the poet as witness, examine the poem as a story, discuss song writing's relationship to poetry, and, most especially, get to know each other better. 

Admission is FREE.  Email James Navé for more information.

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Jun
3
4:30 PM16:30

Performance: Taos Youth Poets Present WORDS ALIVE!

Performance poetry that sings, sizzles, informs, and delights. 

Representing The Taos Poetry Festival, our exceptional Taos Youth Poets will take the stage at The Harwood Museum of Art in collaboration with Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company American Moderns and the West, a traveling exhibition organized by the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico. Our Taos Youth Poets always deliver well-crafted, emotionally connected, modern spoken word poetry. They have their fingers on the pulse of our contemporary culture; they have a thing or two to say. Come out and support them. Seating is limited; 125.  FREE for students. Admission for adults: DONATE generously within your means. The poets appreciate your support. 

 Email James Navé for more information.

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Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

From the Imaginative Storm to the Creative Form Workshop

A poetry workshop for writers who love to write.  Facilitated by Festival Director James Navé, Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, and Nathan Brown
 

Register for Imaginative Storm Writing • 15 • Bring your receipt for admission.

WORKSHOP: Come prepared to enjoy an all-hands-on-deck collaborative writing workshop. You'll start with an improvisational exercise designed to warm up your imagination. Then you'll generate surprising poetic images which will lead to unexpected ways of making new poems. Watch the video to learn more. 

 

Admission is 15 dollars. FREE for Students. Email James Navé for more information.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Words Alive! A Poetry Salon

POETRY SALON: Prepare your poetic ideas, bring your Words Alive! poems to read, contribute your thoughts. We will talk about the craft of writing poems, unpack ideas around the poet as witness, examine the poem as a story, discuss song writing's relationship to poetry, and, most especially, get to know each other better.

Hosted by Festival Director, James Navé

Admission is FREE.  Email James Navé for more information.

 

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Jun
2
6:45 PM18:45

POETIC JUSTICE StorySLAM BOUT

Hosted by Festival Director James Navé 
Theme: POETIC JUSTICE
Click here to learn how you can PoetrySLAM at the festival. 

StorySLAM: Come listen; or, come prepared with a FIVE MINUTE true-life story. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell. We'll choose ten names from the hat. If we draw your name, you'll have five minutes to tell a true story.  Go the POETIC JUSTICE StorySLAM page; read the surprising good news details. Admission is 10 dollars; PAY AT THE DOOR. 

FREE for students.  Click here for more information or Email James Navé.    

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Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Arouse Your Memorization Workshop

Register for Arouse Your Memorization • 15 • Bring your receipt for admission.

LEARN HOW memorizing and performing poetry arouses your imagination, increases your knowledge chops, and makes you a better writer.  Excellent memorization tip: Start by learning short poems like, On The Antiquity of Fleas. “Adam had em.”  

Join us. Email James Navé to learn more, you can PAY AT THE DOOR or PayPal to secure your spot. Admission is 15 dollars. FREE for students.  

Email James Navé for more information. 

Facilitated by Festival Director James Navé 

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May
31
11:00 AM11:00

Pre-Poetry Festival Open Mic

OPEN MIC: Your host, poet and storyteller Ron Stock offers you this dynamic Pre-Poetry Festival Open Mic opportunity.  Poets, Storytellers, and Spoken-Word Artists bring your StorySLAM energy. Show us what you've got. Let's have fun. Sign up 6:45 at SOMOS Salon Space, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. The OPEN-MIC Living Room tradition continues.  

Join us. Email James Navé for more information. Admission FREE.

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