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It was inevitable: the smell of Purell would always remind her of the winter of 2020. Maybe that will be the first line of my novel about life during the great coronavirus pandemic. more
David Pérez has been speaking in public for decades. He’s had a lifetime of it at progressive political meetings and rallies. He’s been acting for 20 years, in roles he describes as “ranging from Othello to Santa Claus,” recently lighting up the stage as Robert in Taos Onstage’s production of David Auburn’s “Proof.” As an author, he’s been performing his work for a dozen years. What does he see as the common factor? more
Along with a zombie apocalypse and being abducted by aliens, one of the top fears people have is public speaking, even actors. The ability to deliver an effective speech or sales pitch and to read from a novel in a way that engages an audience are believed to be talents one is born with. more
If you're ever lost in the wilderness in Navajo country and in need of a rescue or a guide, author Jim Kristofic might be the man to call. In his new memoir, "Reservation Restless," a follow-up to "Navajos Wear Nikes," Kristofic as narrator is a wilderness superhero, cultural anachronism, snake charmer, life saver, cowboy, MacGyver and sage. more
New Mexico children's book author Linda Harkey's fourth book, "Doc, Willie, and the Pack" (Archway, 2019), is a continuation of the growing Hickory Doc series. more
Fiction allows us to enter cultures, times and places that we would otherwise not have access to, and in doing so, imbues us with understanding and compassion. We are fortunate to exist in a time when we can read fiction from authors across the globe and learn their perspectives. Often, what we learn is that we are not so different from each other at all. more
Levi Romero says he used to be a closet poet. Being a poet and a young Chicano male did not seem to go together. That is, until he recognized how much language and the love of stories lay at the heart of both his culture and the art of poetry. more
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. more
Local editor and writer Susan Mihalic is hosting a gathering she calls a "two-hour, silent mini-retreat" for writers of every stripe. It is geared toward experienced writers, blocked writers or people who think they want to write. more
Hampton Sides is best known in Taos for "Blood and Thunder," his 2006 sweeping tale of Kit Carson's conquest of the Western territories. He is celebrated worldwide for his gripping nonfiction adventure stories, set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. more
John Nichols' newest book, "Goodbye, Monique: Requiem for a Brief Marriage," might be called a memoir, but it's not really about the author. Instead, it is an ode to his mother, Monique, who dies when he is only 2, and a poignant depiction of her four years together with his father, David Nichols. more
In his posthumously published epic hybrid poem, "Cabeza de Vaca," poet Peter Rabbit (born Peter Douthit in 1936) reconsiders history. Communing through time and space with the famous Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca via ingestion of psychotropics, Rabbit transforms the resilient pioneer into a groovy nomadic beatnik shaman. more
"The possibilities are endless when our body, voice and imagination are fully engaged in making the written word come alive," said Taos author/activist David Pérez, who will be sharing his love of both storytelling and performance this weekend at a workshop hosted by the Society of the Muse of the Southwest. more
These days Las Vegas, New Mexico, is known primarily as a college town and also the production site of the now-canceled Netflix TV series "Longmire." But during its early era as a frontier town, it was a place of random killing sprees, gunfights and barroom brawls, cattle rustling, stagecoach robberies and vigilante justice. more
The Pages column for the Tempo reviews books that are either by local authors, are set regionally or are by authors who have a reading hosted in Taos. This makes for a wonderfully diverse reading … more
Lovers of poetry will gather Saturday (Jan. 4) at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, 240 Morada Lane, to honor the 2020-22 poet laureate of Taos, Catherine Strisik. The literary dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. more
The last days of the calendar year always seem to inspire self-reflection. We look back over the waning year and evaluate what we have and haven't accomplished, and then turn our gaze to the fresh year about to begin. more
"An epic poem is a long, narrative poem that is usually about heroic deeds and events that are significant to the culture of the poet. Many ancient writers used epic poetry to tell tales of intense adventures and heroic feats." more
One is a 70-year-old published author. The other is a 13-year-old aspiring writer. Both will be reading from their work — which includes the provocatively titled "Weird Santa" — on Friday (Dec. 6), 7 p.m., at The Society of the Muse of the Southwest, a.k.a. SOMOS, at 108 Civic Plaza Drive. more
Longtime Taos resident Catherine Strisik has been named the new Taos poet laureate, according to an announcement from Jan Smith, executive director of the local Society of the Muse of the Southwest, also known as SOMOS. more
Erika T. Wurth's newest novel, "You Who Enter Here," is not your typical New Mexico story. There are no farmers or curanderas, no historical figures or famous artists. There are no scenic backdrops with rivers and mountains and old adobe homes. more
SOMOS Prose Month curator Johanna DeBiase has organized a densely packed month of high-quality readings, and she has saved some of the best for last.Many of this week's readings … more
The third workshop in the Prose Month series is titled "The Power of the Dark Side: Creating the Perfect Adversary." It will be given Saturday (Nov. 16), from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. The fee to participate is $45; $40 for SOMOS members. more
SOMOS-sponsored Prose Month is not losing any steam as it moves into its third weekend of multiple nights of readings by regional authors. more
Hope is something many might say is becoming rare these days, according to author Dora Dillistone. It certainly arrived as a surprise for her when she first met a small, skinny horse she would come to know as Luna. more
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