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 Presents the 20th Annual Taos Storytelling Festival

Our theme is Water

Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 2019

With Storytellers

Antonio Rocha, Olivia Romo, & Cisco Guevara

Hosted by James Navé

Produced by SOMOS

Founded 20 years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting storytelling festivals in America. The stories you’ll hear will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, slap you knees, giggle and applaud. Sign up to tell your story at the Taos StorySLAM on Friday night or join us and tell your story at our Saturday afternoon Story Swap.

Make your plans now to attend the 20th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 11-12, 2019 in beautiful downtown Taos. Click HERE for schedule


Our Featured Storytellers

Antonio Rocha

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Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.

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Olivia Romo is a farmer, poet, storyteller, and water rights activist from Taos, New Mexico. She earned her dual Bachelor’s degrees in English and Chicana/o Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2015. Currently, she is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the New Mexico Acequia Association, a grassroots, statewide organization that defends water rights and cultivates an inter-generational movement to protect water resources and educate people about the various aspects of acequia systems. Olivia is also a recognized storyteller and spoken word artist. In 2011, she was titled the New Mexico State Slam Poetry Champion. Olivia is a bilingual storyteller and poet whose language is immersed in the regional Manito dialect and culture of Northern New Mexico. Olivia intentionally focuses her activism, storytelling, and poetry to educate and mobilize New Mexicans around the risks and uncertainties of their natural resources. She was featured in the Western Folklife Center’s poem-film series Moving Rural Verse.

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Local storytelling legend, owner of Los Rios River Runners, and multi-generational New Mexican Francisco “Cisco” Guevara will be back with us for his 15th appearance on The Taos Storytelling Festival Stage. Cisco draws his outrageously true stories from his Hispanic and Indian heritage, and from his dynamic experiences as a river guide over the last quarter century. Some say he understands the language of the beaver, the mountain lion, and the famous dipper bird which walks under water. Cisco can also tell you which trails renegade bandits followed in1897.  Journey with Cisco on Saturday night down the wild rivers of his storied life. We are fortunate to have Cisco with us again. Thanks you Cisco.


Festival Director James Navé


Festival Director James Navé is a poet, storyteller, radio-host, presentation coach, and creativity consultant. His signature Imaginative Thinking Brainstorm Workshops to have helped many people launch successful careers in the creative sectors like advertising, design, journalism, writing, publishing, public speaking, and numerous entrepreneurial arenas. He has been the LEAF Poetry Slam Master since the festival began in 1995. He is the Director of the Taos Poetry Festival. He is also the host and producer of Twice-5-Miles Radio for Asheville’s WPVM 103.7. Navé goes Twice-5-Miles to find stories and create conversations about culture, art, education, business, politics, and literature. Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College Fine Arts.


Taos Storytelling Festival Highlights


We’d like to thank our sponsors:

Beyond Taos Art Calendar: Art and cultural goings-on in Taos and Northern New Mexico. Cultural Energy Media KCEI 90.1 FM: Creating Media Voices for Youth, Arts & Activism in Northern New Mexico & Southern Colorado. John Dunn Shops: Taos’ gathering place - locally owned shops, friends, deli, flowers, espresso, food carts, bookshop. Storytellers of New Mexico: Supporting the art and history of storytelling through events for adults, children, corporations, festivals & beyond!