Taos Storytelling Festival 

Make your plans now to attend the 18th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 13-14, 2017 in beautiful downtown Taos. Our featured storytellers this year include Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Andy Offut Irwin, and Taos' treasured storyteller Cisco Guevara, Further details and schedule to be announced.

Founded eighteen years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting, sweetest, thought-provoking storytelling festivals in America.

It's exciting because storytelling inspires a spectrum of emotions which will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, question, listen, and engage.

It's sweet because when you gather with storytellers and those who love stories a bright mode of light-hearted communication emerges, generous, open and curious.

It's thought-provoking because the stories you'll hear will give you intellectual anchors like images, metaphors, lines, narratives, jokes, and wisdom which will inform your thinking for years to come.

Join our happy band of storytellers at SOMOS' 17th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 13-14, 2017. Spread the word. Invite your neighbors. Join us and tell a story at the open mic. Make new friends. Connect with old friends. Be part of a tradition that's been going on since the beginning of time. Thank you for your support.

The 2017 Taos Storytelling Festival Featured tellers include


Colorado's Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017), Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has authored and edited thirteen books including Even Now (Lithic Press, 2016) and The Less I Hold (Turkey Buzzard Press, 2012).  A two-time winner of the Rattle Ekphrastic Poetry Contest (2015, 2016), her numerous awards include The Margo Award (2015), The Arizona State Poetry Society Award (2015), and The Writer's Studio Literary Contest (2011, 2013).   She has been a TEDx Speaker, and served two terms as Colorado's San Miguel County Poet Laureate (2006-2010).


With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart- filled stories and amazing mouth noises, one-person showman, Andy Offut Irwin, is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, combined with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

A highly sought after storyteller, Irwin has performed six times as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has appeared ten times as Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center. Among other gigs, Andy has been a guest artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York; a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet. He is the winner of the Oracle 2013 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network.



Francisco “Cisco” Guevara, a local favorite who has performed in several festivals, will also grace the TCA stage. He guides whitewater raft trips on the Rio Grande and regales his adventurous passengers with stories of the wild. Cisco is a multi-generational New Mexican who came to Taos, he says, on the day he was born. His stories draw on his Hispanic and Indian heritage and are “outrageous, but true.”


Festival Director JAMES NAVÉ

James Navé is one of the pioneers of the spoken word movement. He cofounded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for over 10 million K–12 students around the globe. With Julia Cameron, he co-Founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp which toured North America, For 25 years he has taught writing, performance, and creativity on 5 continents; he has designed and facilitated executive creativity sessions for clients such as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, Create to Heal, and LKB Associates, Paris.

An Asheville native, Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College Fine Arts. He has been the LEAF Poetry Slam Master since the festival began in 1995. He is the Director of the Taos Storytelling Festival and the Director of the Taos Poetry Festival. He is also co-Founder of Twice-5-Miles, a creative think tank.

Navé was interviewed by Jacki Lyden for NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2011 where he told the story of how he confronted his big mento mori ("remember your mortality") moment the best way he knew how — vowing to write a poem a day for the hundred days following his cancer surgery. He is also the host and producer of Twice-5-Miles Radio for Asheville’s WPVM 103.7, going the metaphorical Twice-5-Miles to find stories and create conversations about culture, art, education, business, politics, and literature.