The 10th Annual Taos Poetry Festival
LET US GO . . .
THE TAOS POETRY FESTIVAL proudly welcomes Taos-based poet Phyllis Hotch, Asheville-based poet Allan Wolf, Brooklyn-based poet & Rumi translator Haleh Liza, special guest artists Dominique Warfield, Cara Hagan, Ron Stock, and selected youth poets from Northern New Mexico to the stage at the Taos Community Auditorium on Saturday, June 17. All other poetry events will be held at the SOMOS SALON in downtown Taos throughout the week of June 11-17.
Sponsored by SOMOS and Open Hearth Arts
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THE TAOS POETRY FESTIVAL has two goals: 1) To offer the Taos community an opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s best poets; 2) To create an event which provides the community and our youth poets a platform for meaningful conversations, hands-on learning, cultural bridge building, academic exploration, and healthy collaborations. These opportunities include readings, workshops, poetry shows, and many chances to engage with our guest poets during the festival. Youth poets 19 and under are admitted free to all events.
Get your all-inclusive pass (value $256 which includes all events and workshops) for $146 and save $110. You can pay at the door for each event, many are free, see Schedule below.
Our Featured Poets
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.
Allan Wolf is a two-time winner of the North Carolina YA Book Award and is a poet, author, and performer 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, Allan talks about poetry, his creative process, and what it's like to earn your living as a working writer. Listen to Allen's interview: ▶
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
Haleh Liza's poetic work invites you to travel to worlds which seem familiar. When you listen to Haleh perform 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: ▶
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, The Road and Looking at Light, 100 Poems in 100 Days, after cancer, and in numerous journals and magazines. Navé has memorized over 500 poems. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.
Special Guest Artists
Dominique Warfield - Movement Interludes
We are pleased to have Asheville-based movement artist and storyteller Dominique Warfield agree to facilitate the movement interludes during our salons and workshops. Through movement art and creativity, Dominique promotes cultural intersections, explores artistic horizons, and inspires people to ignite moments of greatness.
Cara Hagan - Poet and Choreographer
Cara Hagan is a poet and an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is informed by movement, words, and digital space. A recipient of several grants and awards, most recently Cara received a 2014-2015 NCAC Choreographic Fellowship Award, a 2015 Sustainability in the Arts Grant and a 2015-2016 University Research Council Grant. Ms.
Ron Stock - Poet's Living Room Open Mic Emcee
We are thrilled prose poet Ron Stock has agreed to host our Poet's Living Room Open Mic. Ron is a former landscape painter who uses his keen sense of visual imagery to create pictures and stories in his poems. His first book of poems A Dark Side Poet Visits Planet Earth
The Taos Poetry Festival Schedule
June 11 - 17, 2017
THE TAOS POETRY FESTIVAL opens on Sunday, June 11 at the SOMOS SALON with Chanting Rumi, a singing and writing workshop which will be followed throughout the week by a variety of poetic events: The Poets Living Room Open Mic; The Poetry of War and Peace, a conversation salon; How to Publish in the 21st Century, a panel; Take the Mic, a performance workshop; Fall in Love with Poetry, a conversation salon; Young Poets Break Free, a spoken-word show; Write on Bedroom Walls, a writing workshop; Dissolve in a Sea of Spirits With Rumi, a writing workshop; and the big stage show at the Taos Community Auditorium on June 17 titled: LET US GO . . .
Sunday - June 11, 2017
CHANTING RUMI WORKSHOP
Let the wine of love flow through your veins. — Rumi
CHANTING RUMI — THE WINE OF LOVE WORKSHOP: In this workshop poet, musician, and Rumi translator Haleh Liza will induct us into the mystical realm of Rumi's 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 Rumi's poems through our bodies as we physically sense the wonder of Rumi's words in Persian---the rhythm, rhyme, and transcendent meanings---resonating through us. No previous singing experience necessary. Limit 20 people. Sign up now. Your tuition is $45.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571
Tuesday - June 13, 2017
POET’S OPEN MIC LIVING ROOM
OPEN MIC hosted by Ron Stock. Come read. Come listen. 5-8 minute limit. This is a donation-based event. Pay what you can afford. Your contribution helps support the poets. Thank you for your generosity. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
Wednesday - June 14, 2017
A SALON CONVERSATION hosted by Haleh Liza and James Navé and movement interludes with Dominique Warfeild. Bring your own poems or the poems of others to read and discuss. Donate at the door. Your suggested donation of $8 supports the poets, or pay what you can afford. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
HOW TO PUBLISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY
3: A TAOS PRESS: 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 Pérez. Panelist include Catherine Strisik, Lesley Cox, Phyllis Hotch, Radha Marcum, Veronica Golos, Will Barnes, and Joan Roberta Ryan. Your suggested donation of $8 supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
Thursday - June 15, 2017
10:00 - 12:00 PM
CREATIVE SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP Conversations in Culture, Community, and Transformation
This workshop-conversation facilitated by Cara Hagan will offer a discussion on the philosophy of Creative Social Stewardship – a method of community engagement that invites us to confront issues of discrimination and other forms of injustice through conscious care and creative connection in our communities. Through a series of writing explorations aimed at helping participants to identify their strengths and passions relating to issues and initiatives unique to their communities, participants will contemplate the role of the written word in civic discourse and civic activity – and begin to write the story of their own civic journey! Your suggested donation of $8 supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571
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. Limit 20 people. Sign up now. Your tuition is $45.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571
POET’S OPEN MIC LIVING ROOM:
OPEN MIC hosted by Ron Stock.Come read. Come listen. 5-8 minute limit. This is a donation- based event. Pay what you can afford. Your contribution helps support the poets. Thank you for your generosity. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 8757.
Friday - June 16, 2017
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. Donate at the door. Your suggested donation of $8 supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. Thank you for your generosity. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
3:00 - 5:00 PM
POET’S OPEN MIC LIVING ROOM
6:30 - 9:00 PM
YOUNG POETS BREAK FEEE
YOUTH POETRY SHOW: A night of sizzling hot spoken-word poetry by the best young performance poets in Northern New Mexico. Donate at the door. Your suggested donation of $8 supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. Thank you for your generosity. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
Saturday- June 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WRITE ON BEDROOM WALLS
with Allan Wolf
WRITING WORKSHOP: 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! Limit 20 people. Sign up now. Your tuition is $45.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
1:30 - 4:30 PM
DISSOLVE IN THE SEA OF SPIRITS
How can fear disturb me when love has dissolved me? — Rumi
RUMI AND WRITING WORKSHOP with poet, musician, and Rumi translator Haleh Liza, you'll explore how you can dance with the joys, music, and mysticism of Rumi. Hear Haleh's new translations, hear the poems in the original language, and write into where Rumi's words take you. A short meditation, followed by recitations, and imaginative writing prompts to uncover your understanding of liberation. Limit 20. Your tuition is $45.00 which supports the poets. Free for Youth 18 and under. A sliding scale is available if you need it. SOMOS SALON 108 Civic Plaza Dr B, Taos, NM 87571.
6:30 - 9:30 PM
"LET US GO
Call the TCA now to reserve your tickets: (575)758-2052. 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. Taos Community Auditorium 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571Thanks you for your Generosity.
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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