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Universe on the head of a pen

SOMOS offers readings by John Nichols, Nasario García and more

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 11/13/19

SOMOS-sponsored Prose Month is not losing any steam as it moves into its third weekend of multiple nights of readings by regional authors.

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Universe on the head of a pen

SOMOS offers readings by John Nichols, Nasario García and more

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SOMOS-sponsored Prose Month is not losing any steam as it moves into its third weekend of multiple nights of readings by regional authors.

Audiences can expect three nights of writers displaying their creative enthusiasm for prose. "This weekend offers a ton of talent, as well as a not-to-miss evening with Nasario García and John Nichols," event curator Johanna DeBiase said. "You might want to buy tickets ahead."

In addition to these activities, DeBiase herself will conduct a writering workshop titled "The Power of the Dark Side: Creating the Perfect Adversary" on Saturday (Nov. 16). Details can be seen here.

Accomplished memoirists Patricia Pollard and Marlayna Glynn will share their heartfelt stories today (Nov. 14) with a reading at 5 p.m. Pollard, a photographer and painter, relocated to Taos in 1990, where she set aside her visual art to write a memoir, "Long Time Lost," which was published by Nighthawk Press in 2018. Glynn has edited and written over 40 published books that span the genres of memoir, biography, thriller and business education. She considers herself fortunate to have returned to her maternal grandmother's birthplace in New Mexico.

Friends and writers John Biscello and Joe De Patta plan to read from their work at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15). "Expect a lively and creative performance, not your ordinary reading," DeBiase said. Novelist, poet, playwright and arts educator, Biscello is the author of three novels, a short story collection and a volume of poetry. His new poetry book, "Houses of a Crystal Muse," a collaboration with Antoinette Nora Claypoole, will be published by Wild Embers Press this December. He will also be directing a short film he wrote, titled "Ballad of the Cuckoos," which will be shot in Taos.

De Patta spent his adolescence in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. When he was kicked out of jazz clubs for being underage, he drifted to the poetry section in the basement of City Lights bookstore. He has written two novels, many short stories, poems, and essays.

"Perhaps the most exciting event of the weekend, or all of Prose Month, takes place on Sunday (Nov. 17)," DeBiase said. "Two well-known and well-loved authors will share the stage in celebration of New Mexico, friendship and living life to the fullest." They are Nasario García and Taos' own John Nichols.

A folklorist, oral historian, short story writer, poet and translator, García notes that he has published over 30 books, including "Hoe, Heaven and Hell: My Boyhood in Rural New Mexico" (2016 International Latino Book Awards winner for best autobiography and recipient of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Best Book on New Mexico). García is also the recipient of the first-time ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico.

According to his bio, Nichols has published 22 books (13 novels, nine works of nonfiction) and once spent 20 years writing Hollywood screenplays ("Missing" directed by Costa-Gavras). Some of his novels include "The Milagro Beanfield War," "The Sterile Cuckoo" and "The Wizard of Loneliness" -- all of which have been made into films. He moved with his family to Northern New Mexico in 1969 and has been fishing, hiking and writing (sometimes all night long) his many drafts of different manuscripts since then. An avid environmentalist, political commentator and observer of the vagaries of human experience, he enjoys a legacy covering a diversity of topics. Nichols will be reading from his memoir in progress.

Write-ins - opportunities for writers to schedule two hours of uninterrupted time to write - will continue to take place throughout the month at SOMOS on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 2 p.m. in the back room. This is free and open to everyone.

All events take place at SOMOS, 108B Civic Plaza Drive. Admission to readings are $8; $5 for SOMOS members. For more information, contact somos@somostaos.org or call (575) 758-0081.

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