at the confluence of culture and creativity 

Our Editors

Andrea L. Watson: Founding Publisher and Editor

Andrea Watson’s poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, Cream City Review, Ekphrasis, International Poetry Review, Memoir, and The Dublin Quarterly, among others. She has designed and curated eighteen ekphrasis events of poetry and art across the United States, commencing with Braided Lives: A Collaboration Between Artists and Poets, sponsored by the Taos Institute of Arts, which traveled to Denver, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Other shows include Interwoven Illuminations, featured in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review; The Sacred Blue; Frida-Fractured; Threaded Lives, with its book, Poems from the Fiber World; and Fragments: Poets and Artists of the South and Southwest. She is co-editor of Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined and of Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, published by FutureCycle Press, the proceeds of which are dedicated to the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education.

Veronica Golos: Director of Acquisitions

Veronica Golos is the author of two books, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press, 2004), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Edward Hirsch, and adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Tupelo Press will re-issue A Bell Buried Deep in 2014. Golos has lectured at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Hunter College, Julliard School of Music, Regis University, University of New Mexico, and Colorado State University. She is Literary Consultant for agent Heather Mitchell at New York’s Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc. and co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art.

Madelyn Garner: Consulting Editor and Acquisitions

Madelyn Garner has led the educational community as a creative writing instructor, administrator, and editor. Her professional work has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. She is the recipient of an Aspen Writers’ Conference fellowship, the D.H. Lawrence Award from the University of New Mexico, and the Jackson Hole Writers Conference Poetry Prize for 2010. Her recent writing has appeared in Margie, Harpur Palate, Saranac Review, Water-Stone Review, PMS poemmemoirstory, American Journal of Nursing, and in the anthology Beyond Forgetting, Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. She is co-editor of Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined.

Khadijah Queen: Consulting Editor

Khadijah Queen is the author of two poetry collections, Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008), and Black Peculiar, which won the 2010 Noemi Book Award for Poetry. Individual poems appear in jubilat, Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2009), and Best American Nonrequired Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 2010), among many other journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, she works as an independent writer, editor, and visual artist and curates a multi-genre reading series, Courting Risk.

Photo credit: Han Fung 2010

Pascale Petit: Consulting Editor

Pascale Petit’s latest collection is What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo (Seren, 2010), which was short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize, Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Black Lawrence Press published an American edition in 2011. She trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as a visual artist before deciding to concentrate on poetry. She has published five collections, two others of which, The Huntress and The Zoo Father, were also short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize and were books of the year in The Times Literary Supplement and The Independent. In 2004, the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She has worked as poetry editor at Poetry London and was a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School. She currently tutors poetry courses for Tate Modern and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Cara Fox: Communications Consultant

Cara Fox has a 29-year background in message-making across all media for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to rural nonprofits. She currently works as a freelance creative director in marketing, based in Taos, New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Bostonia Magazine, Dunes Review, The Café Review, The Aurorean, Puckerbrush Review, Animus, Stolen Island Review, Bangor Metro Magazine, and Venus Envy, and in the anthologies, 200 New Mexico Poems and Lifting the Sky: Anthology of Southwestern Haiku & Haiga.

Joan Roberta Ryan: Publicist

After heading her own direct marketing agency for over thirty years, Joan Roberta Ryan now lives in Taos, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for writing poetry, skiing, hiking, and cooking Mediterranean foods. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Nimrod, The Atlanta Review, Roanoke Review, Calyx, Concho River Review, Off The Coast, Prick of the Spindle, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and other venues, as well as in the anthology Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press).

Judith Rane: Consultant for the Arts

Judith Rane, wife of the late Taos painter, Bill Rane, is the former owner/director of RANE Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. She also is an actor, weaver, and writer. Other current and past activities range from being a lady wrangler and computer scientist to being a potter and a Peace Walk activist who walked across the United States in 1986 as part of the Great Peace March. She is a member of the board of International Peace Walks, co-sponsors of seven Peace Walks in the former Soviet Union. Rane currently serves on the board of several arts-related organizations in Taos and is President of the Taos Arts Council.

Seamus Berkeley: Consultant for the Arts

Seamus Berkeley is widely considered one of the most prominent artists in the Southwest. Dublin-born, Berkeley moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1999 in order to integrate into a more diverse artistic community, drawing upon Taoseños as subjects and inspiration for his paintings. In 2005, Seamus opened a studio in Berkeley, California and divides his time there and at home in Taos. His paintings are extensively collected, both nationally and internationally, most of his work being commissioned fine art. Berkeley has won several regional and national awards for his artwork, including Best Portrait at the Oil Painters of America show in 2000. He is the founder and past president of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists and a member of the Oil Painters of America. Berkeley’s work has been featured in such publications as Southwest Art, Information Warehouse, The Taos News, Art-Talk, and The Trail-Gazette.

Jerome Jim: Consultant for the Arts

Born on the Navajo Reservation, Jerome Jim is an active and versatile musician with styles ranging from traditional Native American to the classical flute repertoire. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in European Musical Performance in Cultural Context, a degree that encompasses musical performance, history, art history, literature, and languages. He appeared with the Grand Canyon Music Festival in the world premiere of Guardians of the Grand Canyon, by composer Brent Michael Davids, which was broadcast on PBS in the spring of 2002. He also has appeared at numerous University of New Mexico public events performing Native American works for the flute. Now primarily a recitalist, since 2006, Mr. Jim has worked collaboratively with pianist Amy Greer on a variety of projects, including several recordings of rare and unknown works for flute and piano.