Anne MacNaughton is a poet, author and artist based in Northern New Mexico. Co-Founder of S.O.M.O.S. and director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus, she teaches writing and coaches recitation and performance around the Southwest. Her easygoing voice has been described as reminiscent of Mary Oliver’s. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Notebook, Minerva Rising, The Best American Poetry, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Thus Spake the Corpse, and In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960. Her essays on poetry are included in Spoken Word Revolution and Poetry Flash. Editor of The Nineties: The Best Poetry and Photos of the Taos Poetry Circus, 1990-1999 and Wordworks, she is also a recipient of the New Mexico Literary Association’s Gratitude Award.
Judith Rane has been acting since grammar school when she played The Prince or The Pauper in The Prince and the Pauper ... she can't remember which.
She studied acting in Canada, New Mexico and Massachusetts where, during the winter of 2011, she interned at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Her roles have ranged from Auntie Em in the Taos' TCA production of The Wizard of Oz; Woman in the Hotel in Death of a Salesman, to Maurya in Riders to the Sea by John Milington Synge and The Mother in Die Mutter by Bertolt Brecht. She was a member of Theatre Space acting company in Vancouver, B.C., in the 1980's, where she also studied clowning and street theatre. She has appeared in the New Mexico film making scene with spots in Breaking Bad, In Plain Site, and Lemonade Mouth. She was a founding member of Taos' Reader's Theatre in the late 1990's. She owned and operated RANE Gallery, with her late husband, Taos painter Bill Rane, where, with The Three Muses, many readings and ekphrasis poetry events were hosted.
Leah Epstein is sixteen years old and a junior at Taos High School, but often forgets this. She thoroughly enjoys pigtail braids and juice pouches, and loves writing because it has brought out the angsty teenager insider her since age seven.
Ella Aquino is a 12 year old author. She also evidently, happens to have one very pillowlike cat, one very adorable dog, and a fantastic mother. Dungeons and dragons, School, and sleeping take up approximately 87.381 percent of her time, and the other 12 percent is stuck in limbo between daydreaming, reading, and frantically scribbling ideas onto some sort of surface.