I am teaching an all-day intensive workshop at the inaugural, upcoming Taos Writers Conference. It’s called New Fiction for the Digital Age. With the onset of the internet and social media, narratives have taken on several new forms that break apart previous ideas of what a story should be. I will read examples and demonstrate through generative writing exercises ways in which we can experiment with traditional writing forms for the internet or print.
I was honored to have won a scholarship to the 2014 San Miguel Writer’s Conference and I’ve been wanting to write about my experiences since my return two weeks ago but I couldn’t come up with what to write about. I had an incredible time on so many levels that there is basically too much to say. When I have trouble narrowing down my thoughts, I find it helps to make a list. Now that I’ve made the list, I have no idea what the list is about. It’s not a list of Reasons to Go to SMWC or a list of Things I Love About SMWC. It’s not even a list of What I Learned at SMWC. It’s most closely related to Random Things About My Experience at SMWC. So, let’s go with that.
1. San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful colonial city, just as I suspected it would be. It is surrounded by mountains and the downtown area, La Jardin where the La Paroquia stands, is on top of a hill. As I walked the streets, I could always keep my eye on the towers of the church to orient myself. There is so much culture there, too. A rich history of beatniks, an old factory turned into galleries, handmade market goods, and music and art everywhere.
2. There are a lot of ex-pats living in San Miguel, mostly American, some Canadian, almost all retirees. This was reflected in the attendance at the conference. Many of the people lived in San Miguel full or part time or hoped to one day or had been coming to the conference every year for eight years. Many people were retired and self-publishing memoirs about their lives. Continue Reading →
SOMOS or Society Of the Muse Of the Southwest, Taos, New Mexico’s own non-profit literary society/supporter, started back in 1983. Other than being a valuable resource for writers and a great little used bookstore, they put on several annual literary events. These include the winter and summer writers’ series that bring both local and national writers to our little town to do readings, and a Storytelling Festival every October.
I have the good fortune of currently being part of their annual Youth Mentorship Program and being paired up with a 9th grader in my little village of Peñasco. I love to teach writing and share my passion for writing with young people so this is a perfect opportunity for me.
Had a great time at the Verse/Converse Poetry Festival this weekend in Taos, New Mexico. Took an inspiring workshop in the morning with Lynne Prosope and Roger Bonair-Agard. Read with the Zanni Crew, Michael Ferrara and Ned Dougherty, in the afternoon. (Thanks to them for including me.)
If you missed the reading, here are two short videos of me performing my first poem and then my final poem. (I read four.) Sorry for the low quality. It was filmed on a point and shoot camera.
Here is the full schedule for the Verse/Converse Poetry Fest 2011. Note that I will be reading with Ned Dougherty and Michael Ferrara (to represent Zanni) on June 4th from 3:45- 5pm at the Harwood Museum. Open reading to follow so bring your stuff… Continue Reading →