Jonathan Slator is the founder and former executive director of the Taos Mountain Film Festival. He has spent the majority of his working life in various roles in the film business as producer, assistant director, actor, stunt driver, and latterly, as location scout and manager. He is also a poet and is published in an anthology of New Mexico poetry, “Adobe Walls.”
Alex Dryden is a writer and journalist with many years experience in intelligence. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Dryden watched the statues of Lenin fall across the former Soviet Union. Since then he has charted the false dawn of democracy in Russia as the country has transformed into the world's most powerful secret state controlled by its former KGB spy elite.
SOCIETY OF THE MUSE OF THE SOUTHWEST
Welcome to the SOMOS Weeklies: your source for news, events, opportunities, and information for the writers, readers, and literary patrons of Taos
SOMOS at the HARWOOD — 2012 SUMMER WRITERS SERIES Runs every Thursday through August 30 at the Harwood Museum of Art. Returning Curator Jan Smith has once again assembled a stellar line-up of talented writers.
$8 and $6 for SOMOS & Harwood Alliance members & seniors. Students always free. Tickets at the door.
THIS PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY NEW MEXICO ARTS, A DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, and THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS,THE VIRGINIA WELLINGTON CABOT FOUNDATION, THE PETER and MADELEINE MARTIN FOUNDATION for the ARTS & TAOS COUNTY LODGERS TAX.
Wurlitzer Fellow Steven Schneider to Read from Borderlines/Fronteras at Mabel Dodge House, Sunday, July 29 at 2pm
The poet and critic Steven Schneider, Wurlitzer Foundation fellow in Taos this summer, will read from Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives (Fronteras: Dibujando las vidas fronterizas) at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. The event is sponsored by SOMOS and will feature both the artwork and poetry in the book by Steven and Reefka Schneider.
Borderlines/Fronteras brings together images and poems, sights and sensations, in an aesthetically beautiful series of bilingual poems and drawings that portrays the people of the US/ Mexico border as they are seldom seen, peeling back the layers of fear and mistrust to reveal a rich and vibrant culture.
Free and open to the public! Book signing and refreshments to follow.
Larry Bell Art Raffle
SOMOS is raffling this marvelous Larry Bell Fraction. Drop by SOMOS to see it in person. Drawing will be held August 30, at the final SOMOS Summer Writers Reading. Need not be present to win. Tickets $10 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold! All proceeds support SOMOS.
Taos School of Music presents a SOMOS Benefit, the popular annual Young Artists Concert, Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 and Taos Center for the Arts.
Please support SOMOS further by
purchasing tickets IN ADVANCE from SOMOS or from any SOMOS board member.
STORYTELLERS OF NEW MEXICO: TAOS STORY SWAP Now in its fourth year, the STNM branch in Taos holds monthly free swaps at the Taos Public Library. SATURDAY, JULY 21st, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The featured storytellers will be Deborah and Stephen Weiss, part-time residents of Taos since 1998. When not in Taos, they work in international settings in Africa, India, and South America. During their free time, they've traveled around the rest of the world by small aircraft, sailboats, rafts, and on foot. Stephen and Deborah will share their real-life adventure stories. Come to listen to Deborah and Stephen as well as other Taos storytellers – or come to share a story of your own. This event is free to the public.
visit somostaos.org to see calls for submission, a calendar of upcoming literary events, and a listing of local writers resources.
Or come by the SOMOS office to look through Poets & Writers Magazine, chock-full of calls for submission every month.
Volunteers needed to distribute flyers and to help in the SOMOS office in exchange for free admission to Summer Writers Series events.