the 8th annual
Taos Writers Conference
Sponsored by SOMOS, Taos, NM
Early Bird Registration by end of day 6/17/24:
All workshops (except for the ones designated online via Zoom) are located at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Dr, Taos, NM 87571, unless otherwise specified.
Allison Hedge Coke
Allison Adelle Hedge CokeAllison’s most recent honors include 2023 Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture. Her most recent book, Look at This Blue, was a 2022 National Book Award Finalist, a CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist, an ASLE Book of the Year Finalist, and won the 2022-2023 Emory Elliott Book Award. In 2021, she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters and awarded the 2021 AWP George Garrett Award from AWP. Hedge Coke was selected for an inaugural Legacy Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council (2021-2022), and recently awarded the UCR Dean’s Mellon Professorship (2022-2023). An American Book Award winning author and 2016 Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, she has written or edited 18 books and is a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing for the University of California Riverside, where she directs UCR Writers Week Festival, directs the Medical Health and Humanities Designated Emphasis in the School of Medicine, where she teaches Death and Dying and Narrative Medicine, and is affiliated faculty for the newUCR department of Society, Health Equity, and Sustainability. Her eighth authored book is Look at This Blue (Coffee House Press, 2022) and tenth edited book is Effigies III.
The keynote speech begins at 5:30PM at the Encore Gallery at the TCA, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM.
Sean W. Murphy is the recipient of a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. The latest edition of his book One Bird, One Stone, a nonfiction chronicle of Zen meditation practice in America (Hampton Roads 2013), won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. His novel The Time of New Weather was named Best Novel in the National Press Women’s Communication Awards, and his debut, The Hope Valley Hubcap King, won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel. (All Bantam-Dell books). His novel-in-process, Wilson’s Way, won the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom Award for a novel-in-progress. In 2019 he was co-winner of the Mary C. Mohr prize in Creative Nonfiction from Southern Indiana University and in 2020 won the New Millenium Award for Flash Fiction. An authorized Zen meditation teacher and lineage holder, he taught for many years with Natalie Goldberg (author of Writing Down the Bones) in her series of writing and meditation seminars. He has taught classes in meditation, creative writing, and literature for the University of New Mexico-Taos for 25 years, and a variety of other venues. His yearly Write to the Finish Course, taught with his wife Tania Casselle, who is also an author, has helped hundreds of writers finish book-length projects. See his website at www.murphyzen.com
Veronica Golos is the author of GIRL, awarded the Naji Naaman Honor Prize for Poetry, (Beirut, Lebanon); Rootwork; Vocabulary of Silence winner of the New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic, Spanish and Persian; and A Bell Buried Deep winner of the Nicholas Roerich
Poetry Prize, adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. She is the former editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Golos writes book reviews for Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches for Gemini Ink, Hugo House, and SOMOS and privately. She lives in Taos with her husband, David Pérez.
Tommy Archuleta is a native northern New Mexican. He works as a mental health therapist and substance abuse counselor for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Most recently his work has appeared in the New England Review, Laurel Review, Lily Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Guesthouse, and the Poem-a-Day series sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. His full-length debut collection of poems entitled, Susto, is forthcoming Spring 2023 from The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University as a Mountain/West Poetry Series title in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts. His debut chapbook is also due out Spring 2023 from Lily Poetry Review &, Press. He lives and writes on the Cochiti Reservation.
is the author of three poetry collections: Insectum Gravitis (Main Street Rag, November, 2019); The Mistress, New Mexico/AZ Book Award for Poetry 2017 (3: A Taos Press, 2016); Thousand-Cricket Song (Plain View Press 2010, 2nd printing, 2016), and manuscript-in-progress Aikaterína. She is co-founder/co-editor/consulting editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art www.taosjournalofpoetry.com. Her poetry has been nominated for
a Pushcart Prize and has been awarded much including grants, honors and residencies from The Puffin Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, Lakkos/Crete Artist Residency, Truchas Peaks Place, and most recently from Parkinson’s Life Magazine in London. Numerous publications
include Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Drunken Boat, Puerto del Sol, Watershed, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Tusculum Review, and Poet Lore. Strisik, for over 35 years has taught group and private poetry workshops to children and adults in Taos.
Lauren Bjorkman is a self-taught writer and the author of two young adult novels, My Invented Life (Holt 2009) and Miss Fortune Cookie (Holt 2012). My Invented Life, a Bank Street Pick and New Mexico Book Award winner, was banned in Texas from public school libraries in 2022. Lauren grew up on a sailboat traveling the world. In that unplugged environment, she learned to entertain herself and others with her imagination. She has been writing young adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and memoir for twenty-three years. She has mentored and provided manuscript critiques to many aspiring writers who later went on to be published. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.
Jamie Figueroa is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer (Catapult 2021), which was short-listed for the Reading the West Book Award and long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, was an Indie Next pick, a Good Morning America must-read book of the month, and was named a most anticipated debut of the year by Bustle, Electric Literature, The Millions, and Rumpus. A member of the faculty in the MFA Creative Writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Figueroa has published writing in American Short Fiction, Emergence Magazine, Elle, McSweeney’s, Agni, The New York Times, and the Boston Review, among other publications. A Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) alum, she received a Truman Capote Award and was a Bread Loaf Rona Jaffe Scholar. Boricua (Afro-Taíno) by way of Ohio, Figueroa is a longtime resident of northern New Mexico.
Johnny Boggs is a winner of a record nine Spur Awards and a 15-time finalist, Johnny D. Boggs is the most awarded writer in the 70-year history of Western Writers ofAmerica. Booklist magazine has called him “among the best western writers at work today.” A South Carolina native, the former newspaper journalist has been a full- time novelist and freelance nonfiction writer since 1998, contributing to more than 50 newspapers and magazines and writing several nonfiction books. Bloody Newton, his latest novel, is scheduled for release in July 2024 and he is working on a nonfiction book about 1945-1950 World War II movies. A journalism graduate from the University of South Carolina, Boggs lives with his wife and son in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His website is www.JohnnyDBoggs.com.
Minrose Gwin is the award-winning author of the novels The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise, which was shortlisted for the Willie Morris Award in Southern Literature; and The Accidentals, which received the 2020 Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Award in Fiction. She has also published a memoir, Wishing for Snow, about the collision of poetry and psychosis in her mother’s life, and four books of literary and cultural criticism, most recently Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement. She was a coeditor of The Literature of the American South, a Norton anthology, and The Southern Literary Journal.
Like the characters in her novel Promise, Minrose Gwin was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. She began her writing career as a journalist and later taught at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her partner, Ruth Salvaggio, and three winsome four-leggeds.
which she founded in 2009. Learn more at www.valeriemartinez.net.
Sharon Oard Warner
Sharon Oard Warner is Professor Emerita of English/Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of two novels, a short story collection, and an edited anthology of stories on AIDS. Her craft book, Writing the Novella, was published in 2021 and is one of Poets & Writers Best Books for Writers. Warner’s essays and articles have appeared in The AWP Chronicle, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Studies in Short Fiction, Studies in the Novel and elsewhere. A guest blogger for janefriedman.com, she is currently working on a historical novella set at New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch.
Leticia Gomez is the Editorial Director for Dafina Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., which focuses on high-quality fiction and non fiction that centers on race, identity, and its impact on our experiences. Dafina’s carefully curated list is a home for dynamic stories that innovate and amplify voices too long ignored through books that entertain, challenge, and inspire. Launched in 2000 as the first BIPOC imprint, Dafina has led the market for more than twenty years in highlighting voices of color.
Prior to joining the Kensington family, Leticia was a prominent literary/film/television agent who specialized in bringing culturally diverse voices to the forefront. She has helped her clients secure deals with the largest publishers in the world and has seen several of her projects successfully optioned for TV and film rights. As a literary agent, she placed more than 200 books with independent and mainstream traditional publishers.
Julia Goldberg is an award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Salon.com and numerous other publications. She is a senior correspondent for the Santa Fe Reporter, where she primarily writes about science, politics, and opera. She is the author of Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction, and periodically teaches creative writing at Santa Fe Community College.
Lauren Camp serves as New Mexico Poet Laureate. She is the author of seven books, including An Eye in Each Square (River River Books, 2023) and Worn Smooth between Devourings (NYQ Books, 2023). Her eighth book of poems, In Old Sky, will be published by Grand Canyon Conservancy in spring 2024. Camp has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and Black Earth Institute. She was Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park, recipient of a Dorset Prize, and finalist for the Arab American Book Award and Adrienne Rich Award. Her poems have been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, French, and Arabic, and have appeared in New England Review, Poem-a-Day and Kenyon Review.
Jean-Marie Saporito MFA was most recently a finalist in Writing by Writers contest and was awarded the AWP WC&C scholarship. Her fiction and creative nonfiction has been published in Blue Mesa Review, River Teeth, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. For inquiry email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susannah Simpson‘s work has been published in: North American Review, Potomac, Wisconsin Review, South Carolina Review, POET, Nimrod International, Poet Lore, Salamander, Sequestrum, South Florida Poetry Journal, SWWIM, Xavier Review among others. Simpson’s work was selected twice to be read at the Norton Museum, she was a 2023 Featured Reader for Miami’s SWWIM/Betsy Hotel’s Reading Series and her poems have been included in several anthologies. Her book: Geography of Love & Exile was published by Cervena Barva Press. She is Founder & Co-Director of the Performance Poets of the Palm Beaches. Simpson holds an MFA in Writing Literature from Bennington, a PhD from Binghamton University, has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Therapeutic Writing and currently facilitates WriteRECOVERY groups in treatment centers. Her next collection, Dharma of Death & Desire, has been accepted for publication by Shanti Arts Press. Her recent book, Mother Wind, has been accepted by Pines Row Press for publication in late fall 2024.
Mark Lipman, founder of the press Vagabond, the Culver City Book Festival, the Elba Poetry Festival; winner of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award; the 2016 International Latino Book Award and the 2023 L’Alloro di Dante (Dante’s Laurel – Italy), a writer, poet, multi-media artist, activist and author of fourteen books, began his career as the writer-in residence at the world famous Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France (2002-2003). Since then he has worked closely with such legendary poets as Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman on many projects and for the last twenty years has established a strong international following as a leading voice of his generation. He’s the host and foreign correspondent for the radio program, Poetry from Around the World for Poets Café on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles. As Mark continues to travel the world, he uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social justice issues, while building consciousness through the spoken word.
Allegra Huston is the co-author of the book Write What You Don’t Know, based on the Imaginative Storm method which she developed in collaboration with poet and creativity coach James Navé. She has published four other books: Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found, the novel A Stolen Summer, How to Edit and Be Edited, and How to Read for an Audience (with James Navé). She has taught memoir, screenwriting, and creative writing workshops around the world, including for the University of Oklahoma, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the UK’s prestigious Arvon Foundation.
She recently completed a Teachable course also titled Write What You Don’t Know, and is currently working on a book and course on how to write a memoir.
Interview with Allegra Huston: “Memoir: Write What You Don’t Know”
Susan Mihalic is the author of Dark Horses (Scout Press/Simon & Schuster, 2021), a critically acclaimed novel about an equestrian prodigy who is blackmailed into maintaining an incestuous relationship with her father—and how she struggles to find her freedom without losing everything. Before its release, Dark Horses received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, which also boxed its review. The book made numerous must-read lists (O Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Parade Magazine, Library Journal, Goop, the Bustle, and other print and digital publications) and was described by author Sara Gruen (#1 New York Times bestselling author, Water for Elephants) as a “pulse-pounding, unflinching tale of one teenage girl’s iron-willed determination.”
Interview with Susan Mihalic: “From the Mind to the Page: A Generative Writing Workshop”
Sawnie Morris is winner of the 2015 New Issues Poetry Prize for her collection of poems titled, Her, Infinite, (judge: Major Jackson). Her new manuscript has been a finalist for two national awards: the 2022 Marsh Hawk Press Prize (judge: John Yau) and (1st runner-up) for the 2022 Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award for “Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry.” She has been honored with the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and been a co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award for her chapbook in The Sound A Raven Makes (Tres Chicas Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, (Wesleyan University Press online edition), and in Tupelo Quarterly, Poetry, Lana Turner: Journal of Poetry & Opinion, Plume, Puerto del Sol, Pool, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, www.drunkenboat.com, the Harvard Review anthology, Renga for Obama, El Palacio, and other magazines. Her writing about poetry has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Boston Review. Other prose works, regarding civil rights, won a Texas Pen Literary Award and an ACLU Award. Sawnie is former co-editor of The Taos Review and was a guest Book Review and Essay Editor and frequent contributor to Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. She has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the University of New Mexico and Southern Methodist University, and currently offers poetry writing workshops, as well as individual mentorship programs, online and in-person, in Ranchos de Taos. Sawnie is a co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a 35 year old non-profit advocacy organization for New Mexico’s waters. She served as the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Taos in 2018-2019.
Early Bird Registration ends 6/17/24. All registration closes on 7/11/24.
PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELLATION POLICY: 100% refund minus a $35 administrative fee for cancellations dated 6/17/24 or earlier; 50% refund minus a $35 administrative fee for cancellations received between 6/18/24 – 7/10/24 No refunds given for cancellations received after 7/11/24.
Open Tues-Sat 12pm-4pm 575.758.0081 108 Civic Plaza Drive
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3225, Taos, NM 87571
THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS
SOMOS programs are made possible in part by these organizations: New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts • Taos Community Foundation • The McCune Foundation • The National Endowment For The Arts • The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation • Taos County Lodgers Tax • TaosNetLLC for high speed internet service • LANL (Los Alamos National Labs) • New Mexico Humanities Council • Nusenda Foundation • Witter Bynner Foundation • Amazon Literary Partnership • Literary Emergency Fund