There is no lack of diversity in writing styles in Taos and week three of SOMOS's Prose Month proves that. This weekend, seven different presenters come out to shed light on everything …
There is no lack of diversity in writing styles in Taos and week three of SOMOS's Prose Month proves that. This weekend, seven different presenters come out to shed light on everything from climate change to nomadic cultures to the writing stylings of emerging playwrights.
Friday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m., Eric Mack, Jim O'Donnell with youth presenter Flora Mack all speak to one of the most pertinent issues of our time, climate change. Mack, the youth presenter, is an 11-year-old who attends the Taos Integrated School for the Arts. She is in her third year with the SOMOS Young Writers Program and calls herself, "a girl of many talents." Not only does she write short stories, but she also writes poetry and is working on a novel for NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program titled "the in-between." She plans to read a piece of climate change fiction that she wrote especially for the event.
Eric Mack is a journalist who has written and radio-ed about climate science and technology for National Public Radio, CNET, Forbes and a number of other outlets for years. He plans to read a creative nonfiction essay about how climate change will affect Taos in 20 years. Taos writer and conservation photographer O'Donnell is the author of "Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles Across Finland on Foot" and "Rise and Go." His work has appeared in National Geographic Maps, BBC Travel, Trend, New Mexico Magazine, Matador, Peaks and Plains, Traveler's Tales, Perceptive Travel, Vrai Magazine and many others. He will be reading a piece of climate change fiction or CliFi.
O'Donnell also teaches his popular workshop "Guided by Its Light: Nature Writing," which looks at how the work of writing about nature helps to re-establish a sense of place, recalibrates our internal compass to what is vital in life and raises awareness of both the human place in nature and the impact humans have on the natural world. This is offered Saturday (Nov. 17), 2-5 p.m. Fee is $100, $75 for SOMOS members.
Later that night, author Michael Benanav will present a slide show presentation and answer questions about his new book, "Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals -- And an Ancient Way of Life." Benanav is the author of three books, including "Men Of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold." His work, including articles and images from five continents, appears in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Geographical Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Lonely Planet and more. This event begins at 7 p.m.
Sunday (Nov. 18) at 5 p.m. is "Playwright Night" hosted by Ned Dougherty. Three playwrights will read from works-in-progress and answer questions. A unique way to experience plays, which are usually read by actors or produced for the stage. This will give the audience and inside look at how plays are created.
Dougherty has been widely celebrated for his work as an educator and poet. Two of his original plays have been produced locally. "Escape Plans" debuted at Metta Theatre in 2016, directed by Rita O'Connell, and "The Giant Desk Plays" debuted at the TCA in 2018, directed by Chelsea Reidy. He is a candidate for his master of fine arts degree in playwriting at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.
Playwright Tess Light lives and works in Los Alamos. She is winner of the 2017 Julie Harris Playwriting Award; finalist for the 2017 Stanley Drama Award; semi finalist 2015 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference 2015 and more.
Playwright and Broadway veteran, D.S. Magid is an emeritus Cleveland Public Theatre Artist and alum of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights' Unit, a WISC Fellow, and a Wurlitzer Foundation fellow.
Contact SOMOS at somostaos.org or (575) 751-0081 for more information.
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