Friday, January 27, 2012

Book News for Two Taos Alums!

Herb Silverman took Rob Wilder's memoir workshop in the summer of 2010, and we just got word that the manuscript he worked on with is now being published! The book is called "Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt," and Herb says that the revisions he worked on at Taos were instrumental in polishing the manuscript. It's coming out from Pitchstone Publishing and copies are available for pre-order here.

Herb Silverman
 "My book would not be nearly as polished had it not been for the class I took with Rob," he wrote to us. "In my Acknowledgments, I thank Rob and the Taos writing  group."

We also got good news from 2010 Taos Resident Award Winner Katherine Toy Miller: her chapbook of prose poems, In a Cosmic Egg, is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press

Katherine Toy Mi
In 2010, Dr. Miller participated in Jesse Lee Kercheval's memoir workshop, where she worked on One Hundred Years of Counterculture: from Munich to New Mexico with Frieda and D. H. Lawrence.

 Congratulations, Herb and Katherine! We feel like proud parents!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Joy Harjo Talks with Poet Janice Gould, February 13th in Santa Fe!

Joy Harjo
 Here's a great event for those of you in and around Santa Fe: Joy Harjo, who will be teaching a Master Class at this year's Taos Conference, will be speaking with fellow poet Dr. Janice Gould: this year's Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School of Advanced Research.

Janice is an accomplished scholar, poet, and musician: you can read more about her background here. Her residency is endowed by Santa Fe's Lannan Foundation.

Janice Gould
During her residency, she's been working on a collection of poems in coordination with music and photography. She'll be reading from her work, and talking with Joy, at 5:30 pm on Monday, February 13th in the boardroom of the School of Advanced Research (SAR). 

The event is free and open to the public; you can find more details here. Mark your calendars!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Exciting News for Taos Alum Tami Canaday!

Tami Canaday, a writer based in Denver, attended the Taos converence in 2010 and took took Priscilla Long's class in prose style.

Tami shared two pieces of exciting news with us: her long one act play, The Two Day Moth, will be published by the Canadian publisher, OAPD, in 2012. 

Also, UncleRooster, a commissioned piece by Count Down to Zero Theatre opens in Denver on February 17, 2012.

Congratulations, Tami! Very cool.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

"Four Poets Respond" at 516 Arts, Featuring Valerie Martinez!

Valerie Martinez

Happy 2012, everyone! There's a lot we're excited about in the coming year...and here's one really cool event to start us off: 

It's called "Four Poets Respond," and it was founded by Taos Instructor Valerie Martinez in 2009 as an opportunity for women poets to respond to contemporary art dealing with issues that relate to women.

This year, the performance--which is coordinated with the 12th Annual Tricklock Revolutions Theatre Festival--will take place at 7 p.m. on January 18th at 516 Arts, on Central Avenue in downtown Albuquerque. Valerie will be joined by the poets Lauren Camp, Jasmine Cuffee and Shelle Sánchez. They will be responding to the work of visual artists Lauren Camp, Becky Holtzman, Stephanie Lerma, Maria Moya, Carol Sanchez and Jennifer Zona.

Be sure to check it out if you can--it sounds like an extraordinary event. Tickets will cost $10 at the door and you can find more information at the websites for 516 Arts and the Tricklock Festival.

Happy new year, and enjoy!