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The Land: Our Gift and Wild Hope by Rae Marie Taylor
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Farolito Walk
Poetry Without Pints, Listowel Writer's Week
Morrin Center Workshop

The Land: Our Gift and Wild Hope was officially launched in Santa Fe , New Mexico at the Lucky Bean Cafe on November 15th, 2011. It was a moving and successful evening thanks to all who attended. The book was also well-received at the Quivira Coalition's 10th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 10th to 12th.

The festive Quebec City launching took place at the Librairie Pantoute on December 7th.


Now it's Fall and after doing new writing in French for a couple publications, I'm enjoying time again in the Southwest. My focus this time is guiding tours with Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. Do go to their site to see and enjoy the wonderful work they do. mesaprietapetroglyphs.org 

Phare-Ouest at Studio P, Quebec
Photo credit Isabelle Duval

Voices, music, images, depth of rhythm and feeling all came together in Quebec! We loved doing the show PHARE-OUEST for our warm and enthusiastic public who have asked, and still ask, for more. Many people said they discovered a West they didn't know existed. We'll be happy to do the show again in 2016. Feel free to invite us!

PHARE–OUEST a new show! Some true West for Quebec City. We'll be going beyond stereotypes to share the deeper West we each know. Join us if you can!: Tuesday, March 31st at Studio P, 280 rue St. Joseph. Spoken Word artists Rae Marie Taylor and Jean Désy will offer an evening of beauty, emotion and humor around the theme of the American West, Rae's original home and Jean's recent passion. Frederic Dufour's guitars and images by videographer Isabelle Duval will accompany the duo.
Bilingual (French and English)

Rae and Michel Côté at Arts Alive!
Photo credit Isabelle Moisan

In June as part of the weekend festival Arts Alive! at Morrin Center, I was delighted to perform in a Spoken Word event with the true blue jazz musician Michel Côté. New poems, new music and sunshine to start the summer!

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada, in its 31st year, was fabulous. Great music, great poetry and the gladness of being among ranchers and cowboys again! This was the last event on my nomadic Southwest agenda that bridged the months of December and January, before returning to a frigid Quebec in early February. See and hear the performers on their site: www.westernfolklife.org

January 6th. For my creative and homing spirit, I celebrated the New Year at the Jemez Buffalo Dance where the joyful hospitality of my friends nourished body and soul, as did all the family who took time for me for along the way.


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My writing year ended with an enriching and lively workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca in Taos, NM just before the Holiday festivities began. Jimmy is a life-force, and his support is still inspiring me. I did get a chance as well to enjoy the traditional 'farolitos' walk with friends, and later, for New Year's Day, the always enlivening Turtle Dance at Taos Pueblo.

A November Reading with Lapalabrava in Montreal was a real treat. Founded by Hugh Hazelton, Lapalabrava is a tri-lingual poetry series, so I was moved to be with Mexican writers and the beauty of the Spanish language as well as that of French, and of course my own mother tongue!

Viva Colorado my first home! My book The Land: Our Gift and Wild Hope has received its second award in one year! This time from Colorado Independent Publishers Association for the enhanced e-book version (text, audio and images) that I recorded last November with Brook Forest Voices in Evergreen. I am so encouraged and hope many of you will want to read and/or listen to it!
Here's the press release!

It can be ordered from the ibooks on itunes: Here's a link with a sample.

Spring is always a busy time and I was very happy to be invited again in March for La Nuit de la poésie during Le Printemps des poètes events, and for La Muse, evening of readings in and around town for the International Quebec Book Fair. I was especially glad to offer some new poems!

In May, there was a new delight. A storytelling and creativity workshop for children at the Morrin Center in Quebec City during their literary festival, ImagiNation.

And then came Ireland! I was invited to the Listowel Writers' Week by fellow poet there, John McGrath, and thoroughly enjoyed being among the Irish writers and their open-hearted good humored hospitality. Poet Linda Whittenberg from Santa Fe, who has researched her Irish roots, was also attending. The poetry community is a small and grand world!

As the late summer days got shorter in August, I was fortunate to be among the poets performing in the opening night show at the convention Et Si La Beauté Sauvait Le Monde/If Beauty Could Save the World in Montreal. I was also invited to be part of a round table discussion which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. See their site for the wonderful work they do: www.congres-beaute.org or www.espaceartnature.com.