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Inaugural Poet Laureate of Taos:

Appointed January 1, 2018 and serving a two-year term.

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With gratitude to everyone who attended the ceremony introducing the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Taos before the Town Council, January 23, 2018, and who listened with such presence and attention while I read my poem, “How the Woman Becomes the Bear,” written in a café in Taos in my twenties, and dedicated to my sisters. I was honored to share the stage with two teenage Taos scientists and a host of town employees, all of whom were also being recognized – and so grateful to the very wonderful Jan Smith of SOMOS and the legendary Gail Russell, who wove the Poet Laureate vestment, as well as to the Council Members – and, in particular, to Council Member Hahn, who asked if I would be willing to return to say a few words and perhaps read a poem at the start of future Town Council meetings, especially when those meetings promise to be of a more contentious nature (though not taking sides). And so the job begins & in such a profound way!  Poetry!

 

The legendary Gail Russell presenting the hand-woven Inaugural Poet Laureate vestment to Sawnie.



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Sawnie on “How We Spend Our Days,” a lit blog, for which she was invited to write about one day in her life as a poet during winter, 2016-2017. 

Link to the blog post 
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Interview with Sawnie Morris, conducted by Nikki Kayser on Metro Arts, KGNU radio, Boulder, Colorado. October 28, 2016.

( Correction: Kayser quotes Major Jackson and the quote is misattributed to the Harvard Review. Jackson is the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review, but the quote was made in Jackson’s role as judge for the 2015 New Issues Press Poetry Prize, awarded to Sawnie Morris for Her, Infinite. )

Link to interview page 
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At the Collected Works Muse X2 Reading, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Left to right: Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus-Green, Sawnie Morris, Carol Moldaw, Heather Green 

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Taos Chamber Music Concert: I Conversed with You in a Dream (a collaborative performance)

Sawnie looking out the window when she was supposed to be bowing, with pianist Debra Ayers and musical director & flutist Nancy Laupheimer. 

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Sawnie and Brian arrive at the Mable Dodge Lujan House for the spring 2016 book release, reading, and reception for Her, Infinite. Tra-la!

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Book release for Her, Infinite.  Taos, New Mexico, Mable Dodge Lujan House.

Paintings by Brian Shields



 

 

 

 

Book signing for Her, Infinite.

Paintings by Brian Shields



 

 

 

 

1 of 2 celebratory cakes (the other was carrot!) served at the reception for Her, Infinite, along with flutes of champagne, for toasting  ~

Poem for a Toast: READ



 

 

Her, Infinite.
Taos, New Mexico, Mable Dodge Lujan House.

Paintings by Brian Shields.



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“Studying with Sawnie is a wonderful learning experience! Her dedication, commitment, and teaching skills restored my confidence and carried me forward to a whole new level in my abilities as a writer.” – Lillian Silva



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Participants at the Summer Poem-A-Day Week-Long Poetry Writing Workshop, Ranchos de Taos, NM.