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"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
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
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
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
The mountains above El Valle amass columns of clouds, but in a low-lying pasture near the home of author William deBuys, 70, four horses graze peacefully, oblivious to the … more
"There wasn't much happening with the solstice in Taos," said event producer Opal Keen. Keen is new to production and fairly new to Taos ... more
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has lived an extraordinary life. In his 81 years, he has been internationally acclaimed as a writer, playwright, activist and educator. He has also endured … more
Francisco Cantú has written a memoir on immigration that will kick the legs out from underneath you. more
“Yá’át’ééh sha’ ałchíní. Shí éí Erica Elliott yinishyé. Nisha? Haash yinilyé? The words mean, ‘Hello my children. My name is Erica Elliott. And you? What is your name?’” more
You’re having a book launch Tuesday (March 12) at Studio 107B. What’s the title of the book and what’s it about? more
It is a story of babies being removed from their mothers and their homeland, or left behind with no identity papers. Ní Churreáin is traveling from Dublin to Taos to read this and other selections from "Bloodroot." more
Her life story exposes this taboo of women without children for what it is, outdated and oppressive, and reminds us that everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. more
"People have been very receptive -- if a little surprised, at first -- to learn that Taos has a poet laureate and that she wants to put a poem in their waiting room." more
New Mexico author Raphael Nevins is a self-described serial entrepreneur. His exploits include being the founder of several New Mexico nonprofit organizations, a former hedge fund … more
The Society of the Muse of the Southwest was founded in 1983 to support the literary arts in a town better known for painting and sculpture. After 36 years, SOMOS is more vital and active than ever ... more
"There There" was published in June and immediately appeared on The New York Times Bestsellers List that same month. When a debut novel debuts on the Bestsellers List, the literary world takes notice. more
Can man and nature live in harmony? These days with the growing research on climate change, it's hard to imagine such a possibility. more
Author Michael McGarrity said, "In 1982, after I left a position as supervisor of a program for seriously mentally ill patients, I took the summer off and started writing just to see if I had what it took to tell a story. It turned into a hobby." more
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