September 8 & 15, 2017


collaboration with the Paseo Project



SOMOS Young Writers CAmp  

JUne 19-23, 2017

Monday - Friday

Led by local author, poet and playwright, John Biscello. A variety of disciplines—fiction, poetry, playwriting, spoken word—will be explored throughout the week, and the camp will culminate in a reading for friends and family on Friday, June 23 @ 6p.m. at the SOMOS Salon.

Noon-3pm (grades 5-8), with a maximum of 10 students. Snacks, beverages and materials provided.

$85 if registered before June 10th; $100 after the 10th.

For enrollment, contact: or John Biscello,

SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, 575-758-0081

 YOung writers Program curator


"The SOMOS Young Writers program is already so wonderfully extensive. My goal, as I grab hold of the baton for the 2016-17 school year, is to continue the amazing efforts already set forth by my predecessor with the intention of expanding the already existing program even further in order to reach an even greater range of youth. I would like to continue to dig into the cracks of our local school system to uncover students with hidden potential who may discover a gift or passion for writing that they had no previous exposure to. Additionally, if the funding is available, I would like to provide an opportunity for the SOMOS Young Writers group to publish their own literary zine. While performance is an important aspect of being a writer, publishing is at the core of our trade and can potentially reach an even wider audience. A youth literary zine would allow students the opportunity to learn more about what goes into the process of publishing from submission to serving on an editorial board to curating an anthology. This will also give students the pride of seeing their work in print. To support this project, I would introduce at least one workshop for the students by a local professional in the publishing industry."

Johanna DeBiase is the author of Mama & the Hungry Hole, #4 in the Wordcraft Series of Fabulist Novellas. She writes from New Mexico where she is spellbound by the energy vortex of Taos Mountain. Originally from New York, she earned her BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her short fiction has been published in journals, magazines and websites including Portland Review, theEEEL, Monkeybicycle, Convergence, Prick of the Spindle and San Antonio Current. She has also received scholarships to attend the San Miguel Writer's Conference, Vermont Studio Center and Rensing Center. The rest of the time, she is a certified yoga instructor, vintage clothing boutique owner and mother of one. Follow her on Twitter @JohannaDeBiase or visit her website:


Our student intern 

Sabina Jones

Sabina is a poet and a senior at Taos High School who is spearheading the young writers group and helping with outreach to students.


Young Writers Program Mission for 2016-2017

To give young writers, grades 5th-12th, the tools and a platform to raise their voices in our community and the world at large through the spoken and written word, while creatively engaging with others and having lots of fun!


SOMOS Young Writers Offers:

  • A Writers-in-the-Schools program that provides local classrooms with working writers who facilitate inspiring workshops in a variety of different genres.

1:1 creative writing mentors who meet with individual students on a regular basis.

Youth writing groups, workshops, events and more…

The SOMOS Young Writers Salon meets the first and third Friday of every month from 4-5pm at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Dr.. All youth from 5th to 12th grade are welcome. The first Friday will include guest instructors. We always have snacks!

A week-long youth summer writers camp offered annually in June. 9:00 a.m. - noon for middle school age wirters grades 5 - 8; 1:00-4:00 p.m. for high school age writers grades 9 - 12.

Last school year, SOMOS placed writers in seven area schools through our Writers-in-the-Schools program, provided students with the opportunity to read their work on KNCE Radio in celebration of National Poetry Month and partnered with The Taos Poetry Festival to feature the voices of ten local young poets.


Want to get involved?

If you are a young writer, educator or parent, we’d love to hear from you!

Check out our Facebook page, SOMOS Youth, to get the latest updates on what’s going on, share a post or take our poetry challenge.

Feel free to contact Johanna DeBiase, Young Writers Curator, for more information or with any questions you might have at



Call for Mentors: FALL 2016

Want to make a difference in a young writer's life? SOMOS, The literary Society of Taos, Young Writers Program is looking for volunteers to serve as writers-in-the-schools and one-on-one mentors for students grades 5-12.

Volunteer as a Writer-in-the-Schools, or as a mentor for individual students. Writers-in-the-Schools facilitate fun, engaging creative writing workshops in area classrooms in specific genres. Individual mentors meet with young writers on an ongoing basis to provide creative outlets and encouragement. Any amount of time you have to offer is wonderful, but meeting repeatedly with young writers builds relationships and trust.

For more information, please email:


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SOMOS Young Writers Group

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The SOMOS Young Writers Salon meets the first and third Friday of every month from 4-5pm at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Dr.. All youth from 5th to 12th grade are welcome. The first Friday will include guest instructors. We always have snacks!



Stay tuned for our upcoming schedule for 2016/17