Sawnie Morris was winner of the 2010 Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award for a selection of five poems and was a co-winner of the 2007 New Mexico Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, drunkenboat.com, The Journal, and numerous other magazines (most recently Taos Journal of Poetry and Art), and her writing about poetry has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Boston Review . Her full length collection of poems has been a finalist for the 2012Tupelo Press First/Second Book Award; the 2012 Zone 3 First Book Award for Poetry; the 2012 Ashland Poetry Prize, and the 2011 Four-Way Books Levis Poetry Prize (for a first or second book). She is a co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a non-profit advocacy organization for the waters of New Mexico.
Congratulations to SOMOS member Eileen Wiard,who just won second place in the Southwest Writers International Bi-Monthly Writing Competition.
Topic: Your most memorable character
Eileen's piece: Alice Hughes: The Secret Guardian
Demetria Martinez Book Release
(From Demetria I am writing to announce the release of my newest book, a novella set in Albuquerque called The Block Captain's Daughter. In this story I paint a portrait of six characters whose lives intertwine through their activism as they seek to create a better world and find meaning in their own lives. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, the book encompasses political themes that have long been my passion and the landscape and people of New Mexico from which I draw sustenance.
Next Workshop: Taos, New Mexico February 8-10, 2013 $395
Each Imaginative Storm is different, as always our goal will be to provide you a rich creative environment where you can do what you love best: 1) Take time to write; 2) Figure out next steps; 3) Connect more deeply with what it means to be a writer in this brave new century. What does it mean to be a writer and creative in this brave new century?
Writing and creativity happen when your participation makes it so. Your choices are fateful.
Spend four full days in the Imaginative Storm. Crank it up to gale force ten, let the ideas blow wild and crazy; then find the peaceful intensity at the eye of the storm. We’ll challenge you, inspire you, support you, and help you find the full power of your voice.
Imaginative Storm Schedule for February 8-10, 2013, Taos, NM
February 8, Day One
9:00-10:00: Coffee before 10? An informal storm gathering at Wired for coffee and conversation 10:00-11:30: What happens when the Imaginative Storm Blows In? An improvisational romp through the weirder corners of your mind 11:30-12:30: Where Am I? Storming the real world: strong images, poetic insight, imaginative combinations 2:00-4:30: Where Was I? Storming memory: truth, authority, intimacy
February 9, Day Two
10:00-11:30: What Did I Just Say? Storming character: private need, public persona, storytelling 11:30-12:30: Is This a Dagger Which I See Before Me? Storming objects: hidden opportunities, poetic leaps, psychological discoveries 2:00-4:30: Can you hear me? Storming the stage: spontaneity, public approval, book sales
February 10, Day Three
10:00-11:30: You talking to me? Storming Dialogue: quick thinking, artistic moves, unexpected plot turns 11:30-12:00: Did you say he was a skunk? Storming animal images: sidestep ego, connect with your best writing, be free 2:00-3:30: Are you published? Storming the publishing world: Digital, Traditional, Self 3:30-4:30: What is a Twitter Hashtag?,Storming Social Media: Building a platform, reaching out, connecting 4:30-6:00: Are you coming to the party? Storming the after party: relax, relax, relax.
Start 2013 with Laughter: sign up for Theater Games with David Pérez
Theatre games and improvisation are time-honored methods for actors to hone their technique for stage and screen. But they're also excellent vehicles for writers. Our first set of classes had four writers, as well as visual artists. Using group exercises and games with names like "Yes, Let's!" "Questions Only" and an inventive version of "The Dating Game," a class like this is one of the best tools I've found for enhancing intuitive work, building self-confidence and risk-taking, and exploring our imagination.
Classes led by David Pérez
Mondays, 6:30 -8:30 pm
Starts January 14 and ends on March 4
$75 for eight-week course
Looking for a minimum of ten people to sign up, the more the merrier! To register, call 575-737-9193, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to get payments by Jan. 7, this way the first class won’t be taken up with registration. But we can always work something out.
Classes to be held at Metta Theatre, 1470 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.
Directions to Metta:
From Town: 4/10 mile north of Overland Sheepskin, on LEFT
From North: one mile south of "blinking light" intersection, on RIGHT
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SOMOS PROJECTS ARE 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.