Sawnie Morris, from Taos, shares her life with Brian Shields, of Amigos Bravos: Friends of the Wild Rivers, protector of the Rîo Grande and of ecology inner and outer, and reads her work like a river. I admired her poems for many deep and rushing years.
Michelle Holland from Chimayo, and running, family, and horses, lives with painter Tom Holland and the amazing Sylvia, daughter we all love. She is the wildest soccer mom I know. Her coaching of Española’s teen Slam Team, Mind Graffiti, is a success story all its own. Other daughter, Emily, in Austin, is also a major contender among wonderful daughters.
Catherine Ferguson, of Galisteo, best retablo painter I love in the land of retablos, painter in other mediums, gifted gardener, animal lover, and painting teacher. These paintings are all by Catherine Ferguson who sells out of her home studio in Galisteo.
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Sawnie Morris was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has made Taos, New Mexico her home since 1983. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyan Review, The Journal, The Women's Review of Books, and other literary journals. She won a Texas Pen Literary Award and the National ACLU Creative Non-Fiction Prize. She twice received a Merit Scholarship from Vermont College where she earned an MFA. She teaches literature and writing at the University of New Mexico in Taos, and is co-founder of Amigos Bravos, an eighteen-year-old non-profit river protection and social justice organization for the Rio Grande watershed. She is married to artist and environmental activist Brian Shields.
Michelle Holland lives in Chimayo, NM, with her husband, 13 year old daughter, two horses, two dogs, a cat, some very fat koi, a few laying hens and a nasty rooster, two widowed love-birds, and four bunnies. She teaches English and Creative Writing at McCurdy High School and coordinates the Poets-in-the-Schools Program for the Santa Fe Public High Schools under the auspices of New Mexico Culturenet. For the past ten years she has been co-poetry editor for the Sin Fronteras Journal. Her first book of poems, Love in the Real World, was published by Palaquin Press in 1999.
Catherine Ferguson is a poet and painter living in Galisteo, New Mexico, where she gardens and walks her dog. Since 1973, she has been painting retablos, a New Mexico tradition. Inspired by landscape, animals, and trees, she creates watercolors, oils, and poems that express her love for nature. Catherine teaches retablo and watercolor painting. If interested in this work, call Catherine Ferguson, 505-466-2765.