Rae Marie Taylor

About Rae Marie Taylor

Author Rae Marie Taylor  
Photo credit Bob Vukanovich

Born and raised in Colorado and introduced at age ten to New Mexico, Rae Marie Taylor early on cultivated an appreciation for the beauty and cultural diversity of the American Southwest, as well as a sense of shared habitat and kinship with its vegetation and wildlife. After earning her BA from Loretto Heights College in Denver, her passion for the French language drew her to Quebec, Canada, where she later founded the first courses on Native American literature at Montreal's Dawson College and Concordia University's Simone de Beauvoir Institute. While teaching in the province of Quebec, she became an artist and poet. Taking a year for further study, she was also granted her MA from l'Université Aix-Marseille in France.

Keenly interested in petroglyphs and her own roots, Rae Marie journeyed back to the Southwest and was soon invited to be an illustrator for Mesa Verde National Park's archaeology lab. Staying in the region for several years, she engaged in fieldwork for the former Santa Fe Regional National Park Office and eventually served as conference coordinator and guide in Southwest art and archaeology for Recursos de Santa Fe.

Following a return to teaching in Quebec, she produced the Spoken Word CD Black Grace with Montreal musician David Gossage. Whether recording, performing in festivals and other poetry venues, or starring in her one-woman shows such as her Chant du Nord, regard du Sud at L'Espace Félix-Leclerc in Quebec, An Earthly Hour: A Human Time at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico or again in Quebec, Chants d'amitiés en mouvance, with musicians Pierre and Michel Côté, her work celebrates the cultural and natural beauty of her two worlds, reflecting her concerns for the trials of the earth and the spiritual health of our contemporary lives.

Rae has been invited to perform in the Poetry Jam at the Lensic Theater, at the Santa Fe Literary Center, and in other popular Northern New Mexico venues. Her essay "Release" was published in the anthology The Return of the River: Writers, Scholars, and Citizens Speak on Behalf of the Santa Fe River. More recently, her bilingual poetry has been published in the Montreal publications Les Écrits and Les Femmes rapaillées.

Rae Marie's migrations north and south, between Quebec's wooded and well-watered landscape and the high, dry Rocky Mountain/Río Grande corridor, have broadened her perspective on the complex interactions of habitat and culture. Vitally concerned about the impact of development on land and water, she bears witness in her book of essays, The Land: Our Gift and Wild Hope, to both their devastation and today's resurgent hope for renewal.