SOMOS Presents the 18th Annual

Taos Storytelling Festival

Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017

Welcome. Thank you for your interest in The Taos Storytelling Festival. We appreciate your support. Partial proceeds will help fund the SOMOS Young Writer's Program. 


Make your plans now to attend the 18th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 in beautiful downtown Taos. Our storytellers include Andy Irwin, Cisco Guevara, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and StorySLAMMERS competing in a Moth-like StorySLAM. Hosted by James Navé.

Spread the word. Invite your neighbors.  

Partial proceeds will help fund the SOMOS Young Writer's Program. 

Thank you for your support.   

Come hear our 2017 storytellers:

Andy Offutt Irwin — Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer — Cisco Guevara


With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin, is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow – even at her advanced age – in the New South.  Marguerite steps lively through this existence, loving as many people as she can.

October of 2015 marked Andy’s sixth year as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has appeared ten times as Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center. Among other gigs, Andy has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet.

Andy has held a few almost-real-jobs that include: Artist-In-Residence in Theatre at Emory University’s Oxford College from 1991 to 2007. (He continues serving at Oxford from time-to-time as Artist-in-Just-Passing-Through). A very long time ago Andy spent five years as a performer, writer, and director for SAK Theatre at Walt Disney World. Andy is the recipient of many awards, but he is tickled as can be to have received the Oracle 2013 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network.


Storyteller and poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion, in back alleys and in her children’s lunchboxes. Her collections include The Less I Hold, The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi, Intimate Landscape and Holding Three Things at Once (Colorado Book Award finalist). She’s taught poetry, writing, and storytelling for Think 360, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Weehawken Arts, and Camp Coca Cola and dozens of libraries, schools and businesses. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years. She performs with Telluride’s seven-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat, and sings nightly for her children. She works as a parent educator for Parents as Teachers, and since 2004, she has maintained a poem-a-day practice. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust.  


Francisco “Cisco” Guevara, a local favorite who has performed in past several festivals, will also grace the TCA stage. He guides whitewater raft trips on the Rio Grande and regales his adventurous passengers with stories of the wild. Cisco is a multi-generational New Mexican who came to Taos, he says, on the day he was born. Cisco draws his stories, from his Hispanic and Indian heritage. Cisco has a profound historical understanding of his beloved New Mexico. Yes, his stories are outrageously true. He knows which trail the bandits followed when they buried their loot in 1897. Some say he understands the language of the beaver, the mountain lion, and the famous dipper bird which walks under water.  Cisco is a natural on the storytelling stage. We are fortunate to have Cisco with us again. Enjoy your journey down the rivers of his stories. Why is the Rio Grande one of America's most important rivers? CLICK HERE and listen to Cisco tell you why while he rows his boat down the stream. CLICK HERE to watch. 


James Navé is the Director of The Taos Storytelling Festival. He is one of the pioneers of the spoken word movement. He cofounded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for over 10 million K–12 students around the globe. With Julia Cameron, he co-Founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp which toured North America,  For 25 years he has taught writing, performance, and creativity on 5 continents; he has designed and facilitated executive creativity sessions for clients such as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, Create to Heal, and LKB Associates, Paris. 

An Asheville native, Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College Fine Arts. He has been the LEAF Poetry Slam Master since the festival began in 1995. He is the Director of the Taos Storytelling Festival and the Director of the Taos Poetry Festival. He is also co-Founder of Twice-5-Miles, a creative think tank.

Navé was interviewed by Jacki Lyden for NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2011 where he told the story of how he confronted his big mento mori ("remember your mortality") moment the best way he knew how — vowing to write a poem a day for the hundred days following his cancer surgery.  He is also the host and producer of Twice-5-Miles Radio for Asheville’s WPVM 103.7,  going the metaphorical Twice-5-Miles to find stories and create conversations about culture, art, education, business, politics, and literature. 


Full Description of All Storytelling Events 

You can buy tickets at the door to all events except the Saturday night show at The Taos Community Auditorium (TCA) 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571. Call the TCA to reserve your ticket (575) 758-2052. Email Festival Director James Navé for more information or call/text him at 1-919-949-2113. FREE events are noted on the schedule below.


All public events will take place at the SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM except for the Saturday, October 8 evening show with will be at The Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571. 



TAOS MIDDLE SCHOOL: Special storytelling event for students and teachers.

FRIDAY: 1:00-3:00 PM: Storyteller ELAINE MURAY visits Taos Middle School where she’ll present two storytelling programs. The students will experience Elaine’s distinctive highly physical storytelling style which incorporates the use of cloth, masks, movement, and magic in her work. Elaine will show the students how, they too, can make magic out of the stories of their lives.

FRIDAY: 3:30-5:30 PM

SOMOS StorySWAP hosted by BOB KANEGIS. Have a story to tell? The SOMOS STORY SWAP is the perfect place to test drive your story. Sign up is at 3:30 PM. STORY SWAP begins at 3:45 PM. The time limit is 6 minutes per storyteller. All styles are welcome. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREE

FRIDAY: 7:00-9:30 PM

SOMOS INVITATIONAL StorySLAM hosted by JAMES NAVÉ. This invitational StorySLAM which will feature ten outstanding storytellers vying for a chance to compete on the TCA main stage for the StorySLAM Grand Champion on Saturday night. The theme is HUMOR. Who will win? Come, find out. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION Somos members: 8 / non-members 10 / Students 18 and under FREE.



SATURDAY: 10:00-12:00 PM

YOUTH STORYTELLING SHOW                                                                                                                                                          Movement, Myth, and Stories, with master storyteller ELAINE MURAY. In this show, free for youth, Elaine will blend her distinctive, highly physical storytelling style which with the use of cloth, masks, movement, and storytelling magic. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREE

SATURDAY: 12:45-3:15 PM

Bring your story to the stage. A guaranteed process of creating a personal story that is inspired, well structured and as enduring as myth.  We will create a template for a great story and learn secrets of engaged storyteller that enhance unique performance skills. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION $25 SOMOS MEMBERS / $35 NON-MEMBERS. Reserve now. Call SOMOS at (575) 758-0081.  

Laura Simms Storytelling Workshop

SATURDAY: 3:30-5:00 PM

SOMOS StorySWAP hosted by BOB KANEGIS. Have a story to tell? The SOMOS STORY SWAP is the perfect place to test drive your story. Sign up is at 3:30 PM. STORY SWAP begins at 3:45 PM. The time limit is 6 minutes per storyteller. All styles are welcome. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREE

SATURDAY: 7:00-10:00 PM

Buy your tickets HERE for THE TAOS STORYTELLING BIG STAGE SHOW featuring LAURA SIMMS which the New York Times describes as "Irresistible! A major force in the revival of storytelling in America."   We welcome our local favorite storyteller Cisco Guevara, plus three  StorySLAM tellers competing to determine the Taos StorySLAM Grand Champion 2016. Join your host and Festival Director JAMES NAVÉ for this evening of storytelling you won't soon forget. TCA 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571 / ADMISSION $20 / VIP after party $35.  Buy your tickets HERE for the Saturday night show 

What’s included in the VIP after party?  One complimentary alcoholic beverage, eats, and an opportunity to socialize with friends and the featured storytellers.