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 Presents the 20th Annual

Taos Storytelling Festival

Save the Dates

Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 2019

Our theme is Water


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Hosted by Festival Director James Navé

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

Founded 20 years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting, sweetest, thought-provoking storytelling festivals in America.

Storytelling inspires a spectrum of emotions which will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, question, listen, and engage. When you gather with storytellers a communication emerges which is generous, open and curious. The stories you'll hear will inform your thinking for years to come.

Join our happy band of storytellers at SOMOS' 20th annual Taos Storytelling Festival. Invite your neighbors. Come tell your story at the story swap. Make new friends. Connect with old friends.Tell your story. Thank you for your support.

Our Featured Storytellers

Cisco Guevara

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.


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!