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 Presents The 19th Annual


Taos Storytelling Festival

Save the Dates

Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 2018

Our theme is Migration

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Minton SparksCisco GuevaraDebra Ehrhardt

Hosted by Festival Director James Navé


Make your plans now to attend the 19th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 12-13, 2018 in beautiful downtown Taos. 

Founded 19 years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting, sweetest, thought-provoking storytelling festivals in America.

It's exciting because storytelling inspires a spectrum of emotions which will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, question, listen, and engage.

It's sweet because when you gather with storytellers and those who love stories a bright mode of light-hearted communication emerges, generous, open and curious.

It's thought-provoking because the stories you'll hear will give you intellectual anchors like images, metaphors, lines, narratives, jokes, and wisdom which will inform your thinking for years to come.

Join our happy band of storytellers at SOMOS' 19th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, Spread the word. Invite your neighbors. Tell your story at the story swap. Make new friends. Connect with old friends. Thank you for your support.

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Our Featured Storytellers

Minton Sparks  

Minton Sparks is a decorated poet, storyteller, author, and playwright.  She has presented her work at prestigious events like the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and Berry College’s Southern Women Writer’s Conference (alongside Maya Angelou and Kaye Gibbons).

Minton’s spoken word/honky-tonk hybrid performances elicit whoops, hollers, and great praise from beer-swilling good ole boys and latte-sipping intellectuals alike. Minton has also performed in the American Songbook Series at the Lincoln Center, appeared at the venerable Old Towne School of Folk Music, and graced the stage at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. She has received numerous standing ovations from audiences at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  Minton’s been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC’s Bob Harris Show, and WoodSong’s Old-Time Radio. We’re thrilled Minton is traveling all the way from Tennessee to be with us in Taos. Thanks you Minton. Click here for Minton's longer bio.

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We are thrilled to have master guitarist John Jackson join Minton on the Saturday night stage. John is a seasoned road warrior who has played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Kathy Mattea, Shelby Lynne, and Tom Jones—channeling Muddy Waters and John Fogerty along with his usual Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins.


Watch Minton Onstage

Listen to Minton's Twice 5 Miles Radio Interview

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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.

Watch and Listen to Cisco in Action


Kingston, Jamaica native, Debra Ehrhardt is a Los Angeles based playwright, actor, producer, and storyteller. At the tender age of seven Debra started dreaming of leaving Jamaica and coming to America. During the turbulent seventies of the Manley Era, Debra, then eighteen, decided to pack her bags, say goodbye to her homeland, and immigrate to New York City where she launched her career as a working actor and storyteller. Debra’s current solo play, Jamaica Farewell (touring nationally) is a defining immigration story in which she tells of her long journey into the world of adventure, bravery, foolishness, love, loss, hope, and success. Like so many people in our current time, Debra understands, all too well, what it means to search for home. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Debra is currently adapting Jamaica Farewell for the big screen. Thank you Debra for telling your story to the world.

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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.

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