the 4th annual
Taos Writers Conference
Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26, 2020
Arthur Sze was born in New York City in 1950, and educated at the University of California-Berkeley. Known for his difficult, meticulous poems, Sze’s work has been described as the “intersection of Taoist contemplation, Zen rock gardens and postmodern experimentation” by the critic John Tritica. Though Sze’s early work, including the books The Willow Wind (1972) and Two Ravens (1976), was marked by its lyrical imagism, his later work has included many long, linked poems that take thinking and perception as their focus. Influenced by Williams and American Modernism, as well as Chinese poets like Bei Dao, Sze’s work travels beyond “the restrictions of Imagism and classical Chinese poetry into new territory, while retaining essential techniques garnered from the encounter,” according to Tony Barnstone in Rain Taxi. In books like Archipelago (1995), The Redshifting Web (1998), Quipu (2005), and The Gingko Light (2009), Sze has emerged as one of America’s most thoughtful and experimental poets. His book Compass Rose (2014) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Sze’s many honors include a Lannan Literary Award, an American Book Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and a Western States Book Award for Translation. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. In 1984 Sze began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he is Professor Emeritus. He has also been the Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, the Doenges Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin College, and spent residencies at universities such as Brown, Bard College, and the Naropa Institute. In 2012, he was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
is the author of Mama & the Hungry Hole (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015). 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 creative work—including short stories, flash fiction and video poems— has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Portland Review, Atticus Review, Monkeybicycle, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Convergence and Prick of the Spindle, among others. When she is not writing, she teaches yoga, produces the podcast Yoga for Writing, sells vintage clothing and cooks vegetarian food for her daughter and husband. Visit www.JohannaDeBiase.com for more information.
William deBuys’s nine books include The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures (listed by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2015), A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American West (2011), The Walk (2008), Salt Dreams (1999, which inspired the 2017 movie, The Colorado), and River of Traps (a 1991 Pulitzer finalist). In 2015 his first book, Enchantment and Exploitation (1985), was reissued in a revised and expanded 30th-anniversary edition. He was a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives and writes on a small farm in northern New Mexico that he has tended since the 1970s.
Linda Michel-Cassidy’s writing can be found in Eleven Eleven, Tahoma Review, NoTokens, Jabberwock, Catamaran, and others. She is a contributing editor at Entropy Magazine, where she edits podcast reviews and Trumpwatch. Her criticism and interviews appear in TheRumpus, Electric Literature, and Heavy Feather Review, among others. She works for the reading series and press, Why There Are Words, and conducts interviews for the Mill Valley, CA Library books podcast, The Great Eight. Michel-Cassidy has an MFA from the Bennington Writers Seminars and another, in visual arts, from the California College of the Arts. She has an editor’s certificate from University of California, Berkeley, and has attended residencies at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Breadloaf, and Tin House. She attended the NY State Summer Writer’s Conference on scholarship, and won the 2011 resident writer award at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, also attending on scholarship. She was awarded the Emma Bell Miles Prize for the Essay, and was the runner-up for the James Still Prize for Fiction. More at: www.lmichelcassidy.com
is the author of three poetry collections: A Bell Buried Deep (Story Line Press,winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, winner of the New Mexico Book Award) and Rootwork (3:A Taos Press). Golos is the co- editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, former poetry editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, faculty for the Tupelo Press Writers Conference, and Acquisitions Consultant for 3:A Taos Press. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband, writer, David Pérez.
is the author of the bestselling Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found (Simon & Schuster, 2009) and the novel Say My Name (HarperCollins, 2017). As an editor, she has worked with Nobel and Booker Prize-winning authors. She is also the producer and writer of the award-wining short film Good Luck, Mr. Gorski which won the Grand Remi at the Houston Worldfest and was shown in many prestigious festivals including Mill Valley, the Hamptons, Torino, Cartagena, Rhode Island, and L.A. Shorts. Projects in development include the TV series Harem and the features Operation Heartbreak, Tembo, and Cabrón. She has also written journalism for newspapers and magazines including Newsweek, Vogue, People, the Santa Fean, and Condé Nast Traveler in the US; and the Independent on Sunday (as part of the series Lives of the Great Songs), Harper’s Bazaar, Mail On Sunday, YOU magazine, the Tatler, and The Times in the UK, French Vogue, and the international art and culture magazine Garage, where she is also part of the editorial team. Huston’s article on midwifery, “Catching Babies in New Mexico,” written for Mothering magazine, is on the website of the New Mexico State Historian.
is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 25 years, and has taught writing at UNM Albuquerque, Southwest Writers and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E-33: Writings from Emeritus. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, New Millenium Writings, Chokecherries, The Crimson Crane and Whole Life Times. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. She divides her time between California and Northern New Mexico. Visit www.conniejosefs.com for more information.
shares an art studio with her creative director/daughter, Tulsi, and her cheerful son, Narayan. She is the author/illustrator of the children’s books My Travelin’ Eye, Same, Same but Different, for which she won the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and the South Asian Book Award, and Luna and Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest, published with Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books. Jenny draws her richest source of inspiration from her children, nature, and her travels in Nepal and India. She lives with her family at their mountain homestead near Taos. Visit DancingElephantStudio.com/visualart
Bingham is an American author, playwright, poet, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist. She is the eldest daughter of Barry Bingham, Sr., patriarch of the Bingham family of Louisville, Kentucky which dominated the news media of the city and state for most of the 20th Century. Sallie Bingham’s first novel was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1961. It was followed by four collections of short stories; her latest, published by Sarabande Books in October 2011, is titled Mending: New and Selected Stories. She has also published six additional novels, three collections of poetry, numerous plays (produced off-Broadway and regionally), and the well-known family memoir, Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989). Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Plainswoman, Plainsong, Greensboro Review, Negative Capability, The Connecticut Review, and Southwest Review, among others, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Forty Best Stories from Mademoiselle, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Bingham has worked as a book editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle. She is founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which published The American Voice, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.
Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed, The Siren World, and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press). His poetry has appeared in CSPAN2, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Follow him on Twitter @ChairmanJuan.
Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink. His debut novel, NICKEL, was called “A humorous, poignant, and formidable debut” by Booklist (starred review). He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and numerous anthologies.
He has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, The Madeleine Brand Show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs. Wilder’s column, “Daddy Needs A Drink,” was printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter for close to a decade. Awarded the inaugural Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation, Wilder lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
William Haywood Henderson
is the author of three acclaimed novels: Native, The Rest of the Earth, and Augusta Locke. He holds an MA from Brown University and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University. He has taught creative writing at Harvard, Brown, the University of Denver, Ashland University, and at writing conferences across the West. Currently, he runs the Book Project, a two-year MFA-like program, at the non-profit Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
A Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona, received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the poetry collections Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009). Steeped in Native American culture, mythology, and history, Bitsui’s poems reveal the tensions in the intersection of Native American and contemporary urban culture. His poems are imagistic, surreal, and rich with details of the landscape of the Southwest. Flood Song is a book-length lyric sequence that explores the traditions of Native American writing through postmodern fragment and stream of consciousness. Bitsui has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Award winning author Iris Keltz, born and raised in New York City, came of age during the hight of the counterculture. In the summer of Woodstock, 1969, she traveled across the USA in a ’56 Chevy and found a home in northern New Mexico. Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie: Tribal Tales from the Heart of a Cultural Revolution (Cinco Puntos Press, 2000) documents the heroic attempt of urban dropouts to create a utopian society. “Scrapbook” won a Willa Literary Award and was named one of the top ten reads of the century by New Mexico Magazine. Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel, (Nighthawk Press, NM, 2000) her second historical memoir, has won four awards including a Nautilus Gold Medal and first place autobiography from the National Federation of Press Women. Keltz might be the only Jew— American or Israeli, to have found sanctuary with the Palestinians during a war that changed the face of the Middle East. The Israeli military victory in 1967 should have been a jubilant moment for her. Keltz holds a Masters Degree in Literacy from the University of New Mexico. Her articles, essays, and op-eds have appeared in print and electronic media. She has spoken in universities, churches, synagogues, civic centers, radio, public television, book groups, and represented her congressional district as part of a national Tikkun lobby. In between witnessing world shaking events, Keltz has lived the mundane life of a mother, wife, and educator. Now retired from a forty year teaching career Keltz visits her adult children and grandchildren living on opposite coasts. She remains in the Rio Grand Valley, forever in love with the culture and landscape of Northern New Mexico.
is the recipient of a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, and is the author of 3 novels and one book of nonfiction. The latest edition of his One Bird, One Stone, a nonfiction chronicle of Zen in America (Hampton Roads 2013), won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. The Time of New Weather was named Best Novel in the 2009 National Press Women’s Communication Awards, while his debut, The Hope Valley Hubcap King, won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel and was an American Booksellers Association BookSense 76 recommended book. He is also the author of a third novel, The Finished Man. (All Bantam-Dell books). His novel-in-process, Wilson’s Way, won the 2014 Dana Award in the Novel, as well as the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom Award for novel-in-progress. His essays, articles and short stories have been widely published and anthologized. See his website at www.murphyzen.com
Jean-Marie Saporito received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was awarded the AWP WC&C Scholarship and the UNM Taos Resident Award. Her fiction and creative non-fiction has been published in Blue Mesa Review, River Teeth, Bellevue Literary Review, Ilanot Review and elsewhere. She’s taught many creative writing workshops and is available for individual guidance. A critical care nurse, she’s completing a novel based on her experiences.
is a writer, editor, actor, journalist, playwright, radio host, and performance teacher who heads Verdad Creative, which offers a full range of writing services. He is the author of two memoirs, WOW! (11B Press, 2011) and WOW! 2 (Nighthawk Press, 2016), which chronicle his multi-faceted coming of age. Latinostories.com has cited David as “One of the Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch and Read.”
David’s Reading Out Loud and Theater Games workshops have drawn authors, actors, visual artists, schoolteachers, and physicians. His workshop is now a regular part of the Tupelo Press poetry conferences in Truchas, NM. As an actor, David has performed in many theater productions in New York and New Mexico, and his one-act plays have been mounted several times in Taos. Of Puerto Rican heritage, Pérez was born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City.
Lise Goett’s second book, Leprosarium, was the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America and a selection during the 2015 Open Reading Period and published in February 2018 by Tupelo Press, her manuscript making it through a slush pile of over 1200 manuscripts. Her other awards include The Paris Review Discovery Award, The Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, the Capricorn Prize from the West Side Y, the James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and The Barnard New Women Poets Prize for my first poetry collection, Waiting for the Paraclete (Beacon), as well as postgraduate fellowships from The Milton Center and the Creative Writing Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Image, Mandorla, and the Antioch Review.
Steven P. Schneider is professor of Creative Writing and Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is co-creator with his artist wife Reefka of the traveling exhibit and book Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives/ Fronteras: dibujando las vidas fronterizas (Wings Press), a collection of poems and drawings about the U.S. / Mexico border. The poet-artist team has recently published a second ekphrastic collection, The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi (Wings Press) which U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera describes as “passion fired and brings us into a majestic example of beauty, art, love and life-struggle.” Steven, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, is the author of several collections of poetry, including Prairie Air Show and Unexpected Guests. Steven’s poetry has been featured in American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Critical Quarterly, NPR’s Morning Edition, Taos Magzine and numerous international journals. Steven is also the author and editor of several important critical books on Contemporary American Poetry, including A.R. Ammons and the Poetics of Widening Scope and The Contemporary Narrative Poem: Critical Crosscurrents. His awards include five Big Read grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Poetry Fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.
Estelle Laure believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world. She is the author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back.
James Nave is a Facilitator, Poet, and Storyteller at Imaginative Storm Workshops. He Attended UNC & Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA) and Lives in NYC, Asheville, Taos, & Paris.
Andrea Watson’s poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, Cream City Review, Ekphrasis, International Poetry Review, Memoir, and The Dublin Quarterly, among others. She has designed and curated eighteen ekphrasis events of poetry and art across the United States, commencing with Braided Lives: A Collaboration Between Artists and Poets, sponsored by the Taos Institute of Arts, which traveled to Denver, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Other shows include Interwoven Illuminations, featured in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review; The Sacred Blue; Frida-Fractured; Threaded Lives, with its book, Poems from the Fiber World; and Fragments: Poets and Artists of the South and Southwest. She is co-editor of Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined and of Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, published by FutureCycle Press, the proceeds of which are dedicated to the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education.
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