Supporting the future of creativity: Young Writers Night

Event features literary talent from 10 to 19 years old

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 2/6/20

Young Writers Night is a showcase of Taos talent onstage at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street, on Thursday (Feb. 6), starting at 6 p.m. Isobel O'Hare, the Young Writers Program curator at SOMOS, and Taos High School student Michael Vigil, are co-hosting the evening.

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Supporting the future of creativity: Young Writers Night

Event features literary talent from 10 to 19 years old

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Young Writers Night is a showcase of Taos talent onstage at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street, on Thursday (Feb. 6), starting at 6 p.m. Isobel O'Hare, the Young Writers Program curator at SOMOS, and Taos High School student Michael Vigil, are co-hosting the evening. Vigil is a junior at THS and is this year's student intern for the Young Writers Program. He is assisting as an outreach coordinator to students and teachers in Taos. In addition, he is working with an adult mentor on his own writing.

O'Hare is a published essayist and poet, and an alumna of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico artist residency program.

Guest musician Jack Boaz will perform. They are a violinist "whose inspiration and lifelong study spans from Celtic folk to classical music and free jazz. They blend folk music with their own multi-instrumental looping to create soundscapes and unique tunes." Boaz will play to open up the evening and between sets of young writers reading their work.

The writer lineup, according to Jan Smith, the executive director at SOMOS, includes Sierra Lindsey-Biscello, the daughter of writer John Biscello. "Lindsey-Biscello has been writing since she could hold a pencil, and a majority of her work can be found in various trash cans around her house. She is interested in reading and writing fiction and is the proud owner of a loud typewriter. She is working on her first novel, as yet unnamed, that falls under the genre of vaudevillian magical realism."

Smith explained: "Lindsey Kyra Lister is 10 years old and a fourth-grader at Peñasco; Grace Carmona-Yong is a ninth-grader at Taos High School. She likes to write poetry. Flora Mack attends sixth grade at Taos Integrated School of the Arts. She's been published in the 'Young American Poetry Digest' and the Taos News. She considers herself a horror writer and is working on a novel titled 'The In-between.'" Smith said there will be an opportunity for more students who want to read at the open mic segment of the showcase.

Smith said the annual Young Writers Night at the Harwood has been ongoing since 2010. It features writers and poets from 10 to 19 years of age. "We developed it to provide a creative, stimulating and nurturing environment to encourage young writers, ages 12 to 18, to express themselves through spoken and written words."

The first annual Young Writers Night at the Harwood boasted a roster of over 30 readers and a full audience of fellow students, teachers and family members. Smith continued, "Since then, we've increased our collaboration and participation in community events, including the annual Paseo Project, Twirl's Invent Event at Enos Garcia Elementary School, AliveTaos programming at the Labor Day Regeneration Festival, April Poetry and November Prose months at SOMOS, featuring student activists on the radio (KCEI) and more."

The Young Writers Program is supported by the Taos Community Foundation, Santa Fe Community, Santa Fe Community Foundation, LANL, the Lion's Club and Milagro Rotary Club of Taos. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit the SOMOS website at somostaos.org or call (575) 758-0081.

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