Thank you for your interest in The Taos Poetry Festival www.taospoetry.com. Make your plans now to attend the 11th annual Taos Poetry Festival, Friday & Saturday, June 1-2, 2018 in beautiful downtown Taos. Spread the word. Invite your friend. All poetry events will be at the SOMOS SALON in downtown Taos. The Taos Poetry Festival is sponsored by SOMOS, New Mexico Arts, and Open Hearth Arts. Youth poets 18 and under are admitted free to all events. A sliding scale admission is available if you need it. Visit www.taospoetry.com.

Our two features are Meta Sarmiento and Christy Ferrato. Read their bios for an overview of what we’ll be digging into during the festival.

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino writer and rapper from Guam and currently lives in Denver, CO. He uses his work to redefine masculinity, explore cultural identity, and navigate generational borders of poetics, memory, and meaning. Meta is an honorable mention for the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2018, a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba, and a TEDx speaker. He is also a winner of Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform environmental poetry during the United Nations’ Climate Negotiations. In the following videos, Meta tells us about growing up as a tiny kid, in a tiny house, on a tiny island. Then he says, that “strength is defined by the depth of your character rather than by the size of your bones.” We’re pleased he’s going to be with us at the festival. Visit www.taospoetry.com.

Christy Ferrato is an accomplished poet, spoken-word performance artist, a photographer, a visual artist, and the Director of the Advising and Counseling Center at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Artistically she does her job by going to her studio and digging into the social questions of poetics, memory, and meaning. Professionally she does her job by going to her office each day. One of her many university responsibilities is to assure the safety and welfare of her students in case active shooter shows up. During the festival, Christy will explore the performativity of poetry – creative variations from the traditional text-on-page delivery, that expands the expressive content of a poem, and engages the continuation of meaning-making. Christy will discuss her current multi-level art project on the history of school shootings in America which includes the retired card catalog from Rutgers University Library which she has filled with spent bullets in wool nests and mirrors to reflect our faces. Thank you Christy Ferrato for coming to Taos and inspiring us to go deeper in this vital inquiry. Visit www.taospoetry.com