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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
More rich and diverse offerings are happening at SOMOS Salon & Bookstore for this year's Prose Month. more
Our vast world is populated with numerous diverse cultures. A lifetime of travel would not be enough to see them all. But some people are born to travel and seek out experiences and knowledge that only traversing the globe can provide. more
To some, the month of November is all about writing, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a well-timed couple of days off to finish up their novel before the end of the month. more
Recording the entire span of one's life is generally referred to as an autobiography, whereas a memoir serves to answer one fundamental life question and only covers those events that pertain to that … more
Everyone loves a good story — one that makes us shiver in our skin, laugh out loud or cry. A good story reminds us of our baggage and blessings. We feel it in our bones ... more
Whether they are visible or not, we all carry our wounds in our body -- a scar on our skin or a scar onour heart. When we are alone, we might be able to ignore it but in relationships, we are often … more
Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, César Chavez, Elie Wiesel, Harvey Milk and Gloria Steinem are all names you may be familiar with because they … more
Jamie Bernstein explores the good and bad effects of having a famous father in her memoir, “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.” more
A novel-in-stories is an experimental hybrid of forms. What makes it different from the usual novel with chapters is that the stories, unlike chapters, must necessarily stand on their own as … more
As the eldest daughter of legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Jamie Bernstein has tales to tell. Coinciding with the centennial birthday celebration of her … more
Levi Romero is assistant professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is "Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano … more
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