SOMOS. We are . . .

the literary heart of Taos,

the Society of the Muse of the Southwest.

We are a place for the written and spoken word

We are SOMOS . . . and you are welcome here.

Countdown to the 2020 Taos Writers Conference








SOMOS Literary Pilgrimages, cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Taos Writers Conference

Join us for the 4th Annual Taos Writers Conference, now in Zoom format. Featuring Keynote Speaker Pam Houston.  Learn More

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Our Place

SOMOS’s place for words in Taos is located at 108 Civic Plaza Drive, within the emerging Civic Plaza Cultural Corridor. Although we moved into this place in May 2016, it wasn’t until early 2019 that this place became 100% SOMOS’s place. Read the story!

Maya Coursey, women writers of taos

Taos Storytelling Festival

2020 marks the twenty-first anniversary of the Taos Storytelling Festival, sponsored by SOMOS. This year’s featured storytellers include Gayle Ross, Pat McCabe, and Cisco Guevara. We are currently transitioning to an online format (Zoom) and will update the schedule soon to reflect this change.



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Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate initiative, created in 2018 by SOMOS in conjunction with the Town of Taos, raises awareness of Taos as a national center for the contemporary literary arts. Catherine Strisik is our second laureate. She will serve throughout 2020 and 2021.

June 2020

Dear Friend of SOMOS,

Last week’s reading by poets Ellen Bass and Jericho Brown (recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry) was attended by over a hundred people! It was a delightful evening marked by their poems, warm friendship, and generous willingness to answer questions from the audience. If you did not have a chance to attend, you can listen to the recording.

On June 13, 2020, at 5:30 pm Natalie Goldberg and one of her long-time students, Barbara Mode Courtney (who recently won a 2020 Porch award for her essay, “Unplanned” soon to be published in the Nashville Review) will be reading as a fundraiser for SOMOS. 
Click here for more information and to register.

The following weekend Donald Levering & Malena Morling will read from their recent poems via Zoom on Friday, 6/19/20, at 5:30 PM and Levering is offering a three-hour workshop on Saturday, 6/20/20, from 10AM – 1 PM on Gleeful Ghazals.

This week we are highlighting interviews with TWC faculty Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, Dawn Davies, & Bob Arellano.  Register for Friday Intensives, the weekend workshops or both on our website.

All best – Hope to see some of you in the bookshop now that we are open Tuesday-Fridays from noon – 4 PM.

Jan Smith

Upcoming Events

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Open Tues-Fri  10am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pm  575.758.0081  108 Civic Plaza Drive

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3225, Taos, NM 87571


SOMOS programs are made possible in part by these organizations: New Mexico Arts • Taos Community Foundation • The McCune Foundation • The National Endowment For The Arts • The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation • The Peter And Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Arts • The Santa Fe Community Foundation • Taos County Lodgers Tax • The Richard B. Siegel Foundation • TaosNetLLC for high speed internet service