A Letter from SOMOS Board President
January 2, 2019
Dear fellow book-lovers, poets, storytellers, novelists – in short – SOMOS friends!
Look what we've done! We have reached our goal of $330,000 that allows us to pay off the mortgage at 108 Civic Plaza Drive. We now have a permanent home - with walls full of bookshelves, a podium to read from and seats for listeners. We have a roof that doesn't leak! No landlord! No mortgage! We even have a reserve for building repairs.
I'm getting all misty.
Over the last year and a half, we’ve asked you to help us own this “Place for Words.” Your response has amazed us. The Capital Campaign has even been fun, a learning experience, and we’ve had a few parties – and a lot of readings, workshops and a writing conference – along the way. You opened your homes and hearts as well as your wallets and purses; quite suddenly the impossible became possible.
You, our angels, have come to the rescue with grace and generosity. We will celebrate with a gathering, a mortgage burning, soon.
For now, on behalf of the SOMOS Board of Directors, our Executive Director, staff and crew of volunteers, I thank you.
Alan Macrae, President
SOMOS cordially invites you to a literary dinner with Taos Poet Laureate, Sawnie Morris, on Saturday, January 19, from 6-8 PM. After dinner Sawnie will read and present pictures from her “Poetry in Waiting” project in Taos. Seating for this event in the Mabel Dodge Luhan House historic dining room is limited to 25 people. Reservations and advanced payment of $75.00 per person are required by phone to the Mabel Dodge Luhan House at 575-751-9686. Dinner will be prepared by Mabel Dodge Luhan House Executive Chef, Sophia Vigil, and her staff.
Sawnie Morris - Taos Poet Laureate: Jan 2018
SOMOS and the Town of Taos are pleased to announce the selection of the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Taos, Sawnie Morris. The Poet Laureate initiative, created by SOMOS in conjunction with the Town of Taos, will raise awareness of Taos as a national center for the contemporary literary arts, in keeping with the area’s historic importance as a gathering place for prominent writers and artists.
Morris will attend a Town Council meeting on January 23, 2018, along with SOMOS Director, Jan Smith, who will announce the Poet Laureate Position. Morris will share a poem with Mayor Barrone and Town Council members, as well as the public-in-attendance.
The Inaugural Taos Poet Laureate is a nationally recognized poet, whose full-length collection of poems, Her, Infinite won the 2015 New Issues Press Poetry Award, (judge: Major Jackson). Other recent honors include Poets & Writers “Five Over Fifty” (2016); the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize (2016); inclusion in Best American Experimental Poetry: 2016 (Wesleyan University Press), Renga for Obama (Harvard Review, 2016), and Poetry (2017). Morris also received a Poetry Society of America Award in 2010 and was co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award for poetry, in 2007.
With funding from the Witter Bynner Foundation and with approval from the Town of Taos, SOMOS recruited four judges and announced open applications in October, 2017, for the inaugural Taos Poet Laureate position to begin a two year term on January 1, 2018. After review of the applications, which included three poems and a vision statement for the position, the judges selected Morris, in mid-December, 2017. The four judges included Ceramic Sculptor artist: Deborah Rael-Buckley; Middle School teacher and Town Councilman: Nathaniel Evans; Director of the UNM Library: Kathleen Knoth; and musician/artist/writer: Joshua Concha.