Open Hearth Arts & SOMOS Present

The 11th Annual

tHE Taos Poetry Festival

Poetics, Memory, and Meaning

Friday and Saturday - June 1-2, 2018


Meta Sarmiento & Christy Ferrato

Thank you for your interest in The Taos Poetry Festival. Make your plans now to attend the 11th annual Taos Poetry Festival, Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, 2018 in beautiful downtown Taos. Spread the word. Invite your friend. All poetry events will be held at the SOMOS SALON in downtown Taos. The Taos Poetry Festival is sponsored by SOMOS, New Mexico Arts, and Open Hearth Arts. Youth poets 18 and under are admitted free to all events.  Sliding scale admission is available if you need it.


Featured Poets

Meta Sarmiento

Finding Strength in a World Obsessed with Size


Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino writer and rapper from Guam and currently lives in Denver, CO. He uses his work to redefine masculinity, explore cultural identity, and navigate generational borders of poetics, memory, and meaning.  Meta is an honorable mention for the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2018, a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba, and a TEDx speaker. He is also a winner of Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform environmental poetry during the United Nations' Climate Negotiations.  In the following videos, Meta tells us about growing up as a tiny kid, in a tiny house, on a tiny island. Then he says, that "strength is defined by the depth of your character rather than by the size of your bones." We're pleased he's going to be with us at the festival.



Christy Ferrato

Bullets in Wool Nests - The Poetics of Preservation, Politics, and Justice


Christy Ferrato is an accomplished poet, spoken-word performance artist, a photographer, a visual artist, and the Director of the Advising and Counseling Center at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Artistically she does her job by going to her studio and digging into the social questions of poetics, memory, and meaning.  Professionally she does her job by going to her office each day. One of her many university responsibilities is to assure the safety and welfare of her students in case active shooter shows up.  During the festival, Christy will explore the performativity of poetry - creative variations from the traditional text-on-page delivery, that expands the expressive content of a poem, and engages the continuation of meaning-making. Christy will discuss her current multi-level art project on the history of school shootings in America which includes the retired card catalog from Rutgers University Library which she has filled with spent bullets in wool nests and mirrors to reflect our faces. Thank you Christy Ferrato for coming to Taos and inspiring us to go deeper in this vital inquiry.


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.

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Hi James Navé here. Mark your calendar for The 2nd Annual Taos Writers Conference coming up Friday-Sunday, July 13-15, 2018. It’s a SOMOS production. Join us  for a full weekend of workshops on poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing for children books. I’m grateful that SOMOS (The Society of the Muse of the Southwest) has invited me to teach two workshops intensives during the conference. My first workshop is on Friday, July 13, 10 am-5 pm: Writing From the Imaginative Storm, an intimate exploration of imagination and form. My second intensive is on Saturday, July 14, 2-5 pm:  Learn By Heart: An Easy Introduction to Memorization, take a confident romp into your heart, mind, and memory.Early-Bird Conference Registration (325) ends 6/4, click here to register. On-Time-Bird  Conference registration (399) begins 6/5, click here to register.   



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 , KTAOS, Luna 96.7, New Mexico Arts, and Open Hearth Arts