Owner of Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico's oldest and largest rafting company, Cisco honed his storytelling skills around the campfire. A regular at the Taos Storytelling Festival, Cisco has told his tales to audiences as far afield as London and Paris, as well as to groups in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Peter was a pioneer of alternative communities, a political activist, entheogenetic explorer, and poet guru for many. A poet, author and farmer, Peter passed peacefully into eternity on October 27, 2012, in Taos, New Mexico, at the age of 76. Peter was a founding member of SOMOS, whose sympathies go to his wife Annie L. MacNaughton.
Bonnie is a writer, educator, editor, and artisan who has lived in Taos since 2003. Her most recent book is How to Cook a Crocodile, a memoir about her days in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is a creative nonfiction teacher at UNM-Taos.
Lyn Bleiler is a freelance writer and author of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Taos (2011) and Santa Fe Art and Architecture (2012). Lyn's articles have appeared in Somerset Studio, New Mexico Magazine, Trend Magazine, and EcoSource. She is recipient of two Emily Harvey Foundation Venice, Italy Residencies (2009 and 2011/12), and a Pentales Hemingway Room residency in Berlin, Germany (2012). firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherie's newest book is Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2011. She has published two other books and has worked as a journalist in New York and southern California. She has lived in Taos since 2006.
Peter Callan is the author of Prepare to Die!!! and Other Stuff Nobody Told You.
Allegra is the author of the bestselling and highly acclaimed Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, US and French Vogue, People, the Santa Fean, Harper's Bazaar UK, and the recently launched art and culture magazine Garage. Her article on midwifery, "Catching Babies in New Mexico," originally written for Mothering, is on the website of the State Historian.
Joan Livingston is a fiction writer and the managing editor of The Taos News. At SOMOS's 2012 Summer Writers Series, she read from The Twin Jinn, her novel for readers 8-12 and beyond, and The Swanson Shuffle, adult fiction inspired by her experience living and working in a psychiatric halfway house. She has placed short stories in various publications.
Anne is a writer, poet, editor, visual artist and educator. She co-founded both S.O.M.O.S. and the World Poetry Bout Association, producer of the famed Taos Poetry Circus. She founded the first competitive poetry contest for teenagers as well as the earliest competitive youth poetry team. She leads workshops, and often teaches creative writing and public speaking at University of New Mexico Taos.
Jane is a former professor at New York University School of the Arts where she taught performance techniques and was chairman of the voice department. Her recently published books Napoleon's Bathtub and Mousie: Diary of A Coon Cat Family are listed on Amazon.com.
Hannah Rappaport has recently completed her memoir Love on the Brink of History, a story of mystical initiation, dreams, visions, and transformation.
Greg Sagemiller has served several three year terms as Trustee of the oldest archaeological society in North America - the Archaeological Society of New Mexico. He is also past President and Program Chair of the Taos Archaeological Society.
Veronica is a poet who explores content and form. She came to Taos as a Wurlitzer Fellow in 2003. She has published six books, has taught poetry and multi-genre writing for Poets & Writers, Poets House, and the 92nd St Y/Makor and the New York City Public Libraries.
Rita is a writer, editor, and communications consultant who hails from the mid-Atlantic and New England. She landed in Taos in 2007, immediately after receiving her undergraduate degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.
Areas of expertise include the performing arts, rural policy, youth development, and digital communications.