Events & Presentations

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Featured Poet Bios:

Taos Poets Reading Taos: A Reading Celebrating Taos
Poet Bios: (in order of the presentations)
Levi Romero:
Levi Romero was selected as the Inaugural New Mexico Poet Laureate in 2020 and New Mexico
Centennial Poet in 2012. His most recent book is the co-edited anthology, Querencia:
Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland. His two collections of poetry are A Poetry of
Remembrance: New and Rejected Works and In the Gathering of Silence. He is co-author of
Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland. Romero is from the Embudo Valley of
northern New Mexico. He is an Assistant Professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies
department at the University of New Mexico.

Sawnie Morris:
Sawnie Morris has made Taos County her home for 37 years. Sawnie’s collection of poems,
titled Her, Infinite and winner of a national New Issues Poetry Award, is described by Major
Jackson as “A ceremony of tantalizing music, against both psychic and industrial defilement of
our mountains and rivers.” Other honors include a Poetry Society of America Bogin Award, the
Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, inclusion in Best American Experimental Poetry, a feature in Poets &
Writers Magazine, and her chapbook in The Sound a Raven Makes has been co-winner of a New
Mexico Book Award. Sawnie was the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Taos (2018-2019).

Phyllis Hotch:
I am 92 years old and poetry is my lifeline. Presently, a group of poets meet on Sundays. Writing
poems became serious when I left New York and moved to Massachusetts near Cambridge
where speakers, readers and group support were active. In 1970 I became Literary Coordinator
for Arts Wayland. We held two chapbook prizes judged by Edward Hirsch. For 20 years I was
on the SOMOS Board as President. My four books are Little Book of Lies, No Longer Time, 3
A.M., first prize winner New Mexico and Arizona, and Carousel, A Distillation of Time.

Erin Bad Hand:
Erin Bad Hand is an indigenous poet. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago in 2006; she has been a Macondo Fellow, an Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room of
Her Own Foundation, has given readings across the country, and worked with youth in spoken
word, art and community involvement. She has been published in Drunken Boat, The Prairie
Schooner, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, and Toe Good Poetry, and has a chapbook And
Then Everyone Can Rest (2002), published by the Hulbert Center Press of the Colorado College,
in Colorado Springs.

Juanta J. Lavadie:
Juanita Lavadie: Taoseña, artist, retired educator. I’ve taught at Taos Pueblo, Taos Schools and
in Albuquerque. I am an acequiera. Currently, I work in my studio with graphics and fiber.
Community research work includes oral history projects and published manuscripts. Recent
articles include “Thoughts About An Imposed Grand Silence from Communal Trauma”,
(GREEN FIRE TIMES, 2016) about the Taos Revolt. I have a chapter, “Four Generations of
Weaving” in the Taos County Historical Society, UNM Press book, TAOS, A TOPICAL
HISTORY, 2014. An exhibit at the Albuquerque Gutierrez Hubbell House, titled CIBOLEROS,
COMANCHEROS AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME, 2016, featured textiles inspired by old
Spanish buffalo hunt expeditions.

Catherine Strisik:
Catherine Strisik, Taos, New Mexico’s Poet Laureate 2020-2022; recipient of 2020 Taoseña
Award as Woman of Influence based on literary contribution; is author of Insectum Gravitis (
finalist, New Mexico Book Award in Poetry 2020); The Mistress (recipient of New Mexico/AZ
Book Award for Poetry 2017); and Thousand-Cricket Song. She’s co-founder/consulting editor
of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, on advisory board of Pocket Samovar, been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and facilitates poetry workshops in Taos where she has lived for
37 years. www.cathystrisik.com

Joshua K. Concha:
Joshua K. Concha lives on and tends land at Taos Pueblo, N.M. Living near the foothills of Taos
Pueblo Peak enhanced his affinity to nature and influenced his art. Joshua enjoys making
jewelry, stone sculpting, and watercolor painting in addition to writing and playing guitar. Most
recently, his poetry appeared in the Ekphrastic Poetry Event organized by SOMOS and the Taos
Arts Council (2019 & 2020). His work is also in the Winter 2016 issue of The Notebook: A
Progressive Journal about Women and Girls with Rural and Small Town Roots and in the
anthology 200 New Mexico Poems.

Tori Cárdenas:
Tori Cárdenas is a trans poet of genízaro/boriquen descent from El Prado, New Mexico. Their
poetry and fiction focus on the queer experience in a rigid religious and cultural milieu, and life
as a QPOC in academia, late-stage capitalism, and the heavily policed streets of Albuquerque,
NM. They have served as Editor in Chief of Blue Mesa Review, and their work has appeared in
PANK Magazine, Conceptions Southwest, and VICE.

Jenny Goldberg:
Jenny Goldberg is a poet and photographer living on windy Taos Mesa in
El Prado, NM. Before moving to Taos County over thirty years ago, she
was a broadcast engineer for KQED-TV in San Francisco. Her poems have
been published in Blue Mesa Review, Rhino, Rio Grande Review, Passager,
Sin Fronteras and other journals and anthologies.

Olivia Romo:
Olivia Romo is a farmer, poet and water rights activist from Taos, NM. She earned her dual
Bachelor’s degrees in English and Chicana/o Studies from the University of New Mexico in
Olivia is a bilingual poet who intentionally focuses her activism and poetry to educate and
mobilize New Mexicans around the risks and uncertainties of their natural resources. She was
nominated as a “Remarkable Woman of Taos” and “A Woman to Watch” for the 2013
community-wide celebration honoring outstanding Taoseñas.

Veronica Golos:
Veronica Golos is the author of four poetry books: GIRL, awarded the international Naji
Naaman Honor Prize for Poetry, (Beirut, Lebanon); Rootwork: Lost Writings of John Brown and
Mary Day Brown (3: A Taos Press), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press), winner of the 2011
New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi,
and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press,), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich
Poetry Prize, adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont,
CA. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband, David Pérez.

Savannah P. Rodriguez:
Savannah P. Rodriguez is a native New Mexican poet from Peñasco. She has been writing and
performing poetry and short stories for 14 years. What she loves most about the craft is its
storytelling nature. She loves when her work provokes the thoughts, emotions, senses, and
laughter of her audience. She tends to cover subjects such as cultural heritage and identity,
family, romance, food, spirituality, and curanderismo. Savannah currently lives with her partner
in Taos, New Mexico and works as an RN. She is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing
and soon plans to work as a travel nurse.

Jamie Ross:
Jamie Ross writes, paints, hauls water and chops wood on the Carson Mesa,
where ravens dance by the moon on snow. He also lives in Mexico, where every mariachi
knows Eres Tu by heart. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Poetry East,
the Northwest, Texas and Paris Reviews, also in the anthology Best New American Poets 2007.
His 2010 collection Vinland received the Intro Poetry Prize from Four Way Books.

Anne MacNaughton:
Anne MacNaughton was raised in Houston, studied at the Houston Little Theater and the
Museum of Fine Arts, and served as archivist for historic papers at the Texas State Library. In
Taos she founded SOMOS, the World Poetry Bout Association and Poetry Education
Project. She pioneered competitive poetry in America’s schools, taught writing and speaking at
UNM and received the New Mexico Literary Association’s inaugural Gratitude Award. Her
work has appeared in the Santa Fe Literary Review, The Best American Poetry, Rag and Bone
Shop of the Heart, Taos Review, In Company, The Spoken Word Revolution, Poetry
Flash, and TPC: The Nineties.

Annette Arellano:
“I follow and walk the footsteps of my mother who also followed and walked the footsteps of her
tías and tíos. The steps we have taken have grounded us to this part of the earth, this part of Taos,
and the very part of my family. I am in tune with the footsteps of my ancestors and I remember
the faces of my great, great-grandparents who were here before me. I see my children and
grandchildren who will be here long after me. I am Annette. A Taoseña from birth. From the
past, present and the future.” Annette is a pre-school teacher at Ranchos Elementary School in
Taos. She is co-founder of Howl Magazine, The Voice of University of New Mexico, Taos; and
co-founder of Taos Times.

Lise Goett:
Lise Goett’s second book, Leprosarium (Tupelo Press, 2018), was a selection in the July 2015
Open Reading Period of Tupelo Press and the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial
Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America. Her other awards include the Palette
Spotlight Award, The Paris Review Discovery Award, The Pen Southwest Book Award in
Poetry, the Capricorn Prize, the James D. Phelan Award, and The Barnard New Women Poets
Prize for her first poetry collection, Waiting for the Paraclete, and fellowships from The Milton
Center and the Creative Writing Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Charlie Kalogros-Chattan:
Charlie Kalogros-Chattan followed her heart from her native New England to Carson Mesa, near
Taos, in Northern New Mexico, where she lives off the grid with her husband and dogs, the
beetles, coyotes and rattlesnakes. Her work has been published in journals including the Santa
Fe Literary Review, Conceptions Southwest, Trickster, the Taos Journal of International Poetry
& Art, and various anthologies; and has been included in the Telepoem Booth Project at the New
Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, NM and on the Paseo at Taos.

Anita Rodriguez:
Born in 1941, I grew up on Taos Plaza, the daughter of a painter mother and a druggist father.
The cultural conflicts and confluences on the plaza and the family dining room table catalyzed an
early obsession with cultural confluence and conflict. I spent 25 years as an enjarradora, worked
in Egypt, traveled to China, Guatemala and lived in Mexico 15 years, became a painter 30 years
ago, published a book 3 years ago, and continue to paint and write where I too can say, “I was
born all my life” – in my beloved Taos.

Ariana Kramer:
Ariana Kramer’s poetry is inspired by the natural world and the inner landscape. She has studied
creative writing with Christine Hemp, Rick Hillis, Ann Coleman Stevenson, Lise Goett,
Veronica Golos, and Cathy Strisik among others. In 2017, she was awarded an Aldo & Estella
Leopold Writers Residency in partnership with composer Andrea Clearfield. Together, they
created “Transformed by Fire” a poetic-musical piece that explores Aldo Leopold’s changing
perception of wolves and the necessary role they play in our ecosystems. Ariana is a freelance
writer and also works for SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) in her hometown of
Taos.

Carmen-Kelly:
Carmen Mares-Kelly was born in the historic district of Taos, where her father built their adobe
home. Carmen is a poet, writer, visual artist, and creates exquisite jewelry.
4/25/20ZOOM: reading / presentation. Blast Your Own Breath- Nat’l Poetry Month, Series 4. Tammy Gomez, host. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8bTKV2rfVM&fbclid=IwAR0V-ehiWRgyuHMxk_rRmV9-HcZf61o100R1f35gAjfDoCIbKXUv85Zv9zk)
4/24/20FB Post: ire’ne lara silva, “The Way My Mother Taught Me.” Featured poets / poems in observance of National Poetry Month and the NM Poet Laureate program’s initiative to feature the work of poets, storytellers, dream weavers, truth seekers and other forms of expression that will inspire and provoke our senses, let us enter into a collective space of healing and nurturing. 
4/21/20FB Post: Jules Nyquist, “In Bernalillo, a Blessing.” Featured poets / poems in observance of National Poetry Month and the NM Poet Laureate program’s initiative to feature the work of poets, storytellers, dream weavers, truth seekers and other forms of expression that will inspire and provoke our senses, let us enter into a collective space of healing and nurturing. 
4/20/20ZOOM: reading / presentation. Sierra Vista Elementary, Las Vegas, NM. Mrs. Jacqueline Aragon’s 6th grade class
4/14/20FB Post: Mario Benedetti, “Cuando la tormenta pase / When the Storm Passes.” Featured poets / poems in observance of National Poetry Month and the NM Poet Laureate program’s initiative to feature the work of poets, storytellers, dream weavers, truth seekers and other forms of expression that will inspire and provoke our senses, let us enter into a collective space of healing and nurturing. 
4/9/20Podcast: Poetry in a Time of Crisis: Covid-19, presentation and interview, La Hilacha Words and Memories Series, National Hispanic Cultural Center (https://lahilacha1.podbean.com/e/poetry-in-a-time-of-crisis-covid-19/)
4/9/20FB Post: E.A. Mares, “Ash Wednesday: Easter / A Road Poem.” Featured poets / poems in observance of National Poetry Month and the NM Poet Laureate program’s initiative to feature the work of poets, storytellers, dream weavers, truth seekers and other forms of expression that will inspire and provoke our senses, let us enter into a collective space of healing and nurturing. 
4/2/20FB Post: Luci Tapahonso, “After Noon in Yootó.” Featured poets / poems in observance of National Poetry Month and the NM Poet Laureate program’s initiative to feature the work of poets, storytellers, dream weavers, truth seekers and other forms of expression that will inspire and provoke our senses, let us enter into a collective space of healing and nurturing. 
3/12/20Interview, Weekly Alibi, interview with Clarke Condé at Java Joe’s Downtown (https://alibi.com/art/60653/New-Mexicos-First-State-Poet-Laureate.html?fbclid=IwAR3qkswU6JjS1xzF-rNXldegJ892vriKjzV65Y2x0gyfkAqOWexcFos4dm8#.XnRLQKsCkfE.facebook
3/9/20Presentation: “Death Self: A Collaboration,” Poems by V.B. Price and Paintings by Rini Price, UNM George Pearl Auditorium, 
3/8/20Presentation: Poetry Out Loud, 15th Annual New Mexico Poetry Out Loud State Finals, St. Francis Auditorium, NM Museum of Art, Santa Fe. New Mexico. March 2020 
3/5/20Workshop: Fort Lewis College, Workshop with Candace Nadon and students
3/5/20Presentation: Fort Lewis College, Skywords Visiting Writers Series, College of Arts and Sciences
2/29/20Presentation: ¡Mira! National Hispanic Cultural Center, 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party and Open House. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 2020
2/27/20Interview, Río Grande Sun, Robert Eckert (forthcoming, summer 2020)
2/19/20Presentation: Burque Revolt Presents: Poetry Slam and Open Mic, 50/50 Coffee House and Pub, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February, 2020 
2/15/20Presentation: Santa Fe Poetry & Film Experience, The Santa Fe Film Festival, Scottish Rite Temple, Santa Fe, New Mexico. February, 2020
2/7/20Interview, “Hyperalergic Magazine,” Molly Boyle ( https://hyperallergic.com/544650/new-mexico-levi-romero-poet-laureate/)
2/4/20Interview, Taos News, Ariana Kramer (https://www.taosnews.com/stories/new-mexicos-first-poet-laureate,62291?)
2/2/20Interview, “Cowboys and Indians,” Texas magazine. July issue 
1/31/20New Mexico State Legislature, Santa Fe, NM.  Presentation of poem and recognition of NM Poet Laureate post
1/29/20Aficionados Speaker Series, A Poetic and Narrative Cruise through the Manito Homeland, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. January 2020