Our Place

SOMOS’s place for words in Taos is located at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, within the emerging Civic Plaza Cultural Corridor.  This building is a place with a large room for both a book store and literary gatherings, two separate classrooms, plenty of storage space, and a 10-space parking lot. The building has three units – our current unit consists of two of the three spaces. The third, a rental unit, gives us income now and offers space for future growth. Although we moved into this place in May 2016, it wasn’t until early 2019 that this place became 100% SOMOS’s place.

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An unexpected bequest received in late 2016 from Sue Carol Francis of Fort Collins, Colorado, allowed SOMOS to dream of a brighter future. Shortly afterwards, the building which SOMOS was renting was put up for sale. Using the bequest to make a down payment, SOMOS embarked on an unknown journey. The goal – to raise enough money to purchase the property at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, and secure a permanent place for words in Taos, New Mexico. It was a journey that you became a part of – through sharing our story, contributing to the capital campaign, and believing it was possible.

In early 2019, the grand accumulation of this generosity allowed SOMOS to buy off the building. It is now our permanent home. And, what a home it is! With book-lined walls and room for readings, workshops, conferences and gatherings – it also invites more dreaming.

SOMOS, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest, is located in Northern New Mexico, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains. This biologically diverse region contains a variety of life zones, from alpine tundra to coniferous forests, desert shrublands to riparian areas. All of these unique habitats contribute to the richness of our biocultural home. Most have specific trees associated with them, from the high-altitude aspens to the river willows. These trees are especially generous givers of life within their area of influence, as are you.

Thank you for giving SOMOS such a beautiful home.



High-elevation aspens are some of the largest and oldest individuals on the planet; one genetic individual can exist as multiple “stems” connected underground by an extensive root system.

Sue Carol Francis
Martin Foundation
Anonymous, too


Englemann and blue spruce grow at high altitudes with snow pack, and provide protective thermal cover for deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bear.

Wes Patterson
Jessica & David Lindsey
Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation


Ponderosa trees grow straight and tall, and their name comes from the feminine form of “ponderoso” which means “strong” and “powerful” in Latin.

Janet Webb in memory of Joyce Appleby
Maddox Foundation
Natalie Goldberg
Prudy & John Abeln
Lyn Bleiler & Charles Strong Fund
Leigh & Doug Conant
Esperanza del Corazon Donor Advised Fund
Polly Raye & Bill Christmas
Stephen Rose & Barbara Zaring
Mimi & Andrew Ting
Jocelyn Harper


Pinon trees are famous for their delicious nuts which provide food to many species, including humans.

Linda Fair
Kate O'Neill in honor of Phyllis Hotch
Gus Foster
Andrea Watson
Janet & John Mockovciak
The Taos News
Kathleen Brennan
Lucy & Dirk Herrman
Jenny Attiyeh
Betty & Cid Backer
Barbara Brenner
Susan Embry
David & Carol Farmer
Baksim Goddard
Carolyn Haddock
Alford Johnson & Jane Farmer
Yale and Barbara Jones
Daniel Ladinsky
Brigid Meier
Kandace & Gunther Nachtrab
Sally Savage
Robert Silver in appreciation of Bonnie Lee Black
Wendy & Chris Stagg
Catherine Strisik
Lenita & Henk Van der Werff
Annell Livingston


Junipers are slow-maturing trees that can thrive in low-quality soils; their berries provide food for many animals.

Marjorie Felser
Rick Finney& Jerry Walter
John & Peggy Hamilton
Terrie Mangat
Andrea Szekeres
Casa Gallina, An Artisan Inn
Laurie Dunn


Cottonwood trees grow along the rivers of the Southwest, providing shade and cooling the waters.

Thomas and Deborah Buckley
Linda & Dan Cassidy
Holly & Tom Azzari
Betsy Wessler
Billy & Lynn Knight
Margery Reading
Bob & Linda Attiyeh
Tibby Gold
Scott Archer Jones
Paule Marx
Renze Nesbit
Donna Norquist
Joan Ryan
Julie First
Donna & William Dufresne
Bette Myerson
Linn Bayne
Mya Coursey & Wally Cox
Cindy Daneill
Robert Benjamin
Kathy Claunch
Ellen Wood
Sara Jean Gray
Jean Kenin
Maureen Moore
Connie Ode
Pamela Shepherd
Connie Taylor
Dori Vinella
Christine Westover
Minna White
William McNamee
Linda Harkey
KOKO Coffee/Deli/Carry-Out
Michael Burwell
Eileen Wiard
Liza Crosse
Alan Macrae
Richard Rubin


River willows grow along the stream banks offering important habitat and protection for birds and other animals.

Margo Chamberlain
Karen Kerschen
Diane Singerman
Kathryn Crawley
William Crawley
Meredith Garcia
Bonnie Korman
Frank Oatman
James Schultz
Mirabai Starr
Robin Reese
Lewis Greiner
Ariana Kramer
Waltraud Ilse Kuerschner
Lyn and Louis Colombo
Allegra Huston
Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan
Dianne Vona
Joan Kandel
Gaia Mika
Maria T. Garcia
Kathleen Fowler
Tammy Georgallides
Indigo Ocean Dutton
Elizabeth Crittenden-Palacios
Elizabeth Karpov
Cindy Brown
Ria Burnett
Christy Holden
Ed Lehner
Francesca Grano
Kathy Goss
Debra Shoemaker
Jane Engel
Kathleen Knoth
Susan McIntosh
Richard Seidman