with Karen S. Cordova

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
2:00 PM
Kit Carson Electric Board Room
at 118 Cruz Alta Rd.

Karen S. Córdova is a writer and business woman who lives in Southern California. Karen has deep roots both in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, and she visits New Mexico, several times a year. Her poetry has been widely published. She also writes prose articles for genealogy journals. Her first book, Farolito, was published in August 2015 by 3: A Taos Press <www.3taospress.com>. It is a true story, which casts a Hispano light on the dark subject of elder abuse and neglect, but also illuminates a jagged path to solution and unexpected healing. Her second book, Souls in Hiding, is about crypto-Jews and conversos, whose descendants live in New Mexico. It is being written with Andrea Watson and Joan Ryan of Taos, as well as Dr. Carol Aronoff. The expected publication date of Souls in Hiding is 2017.

Karen has been a featured reader in many ekphrasis and other poetry events throughout the United States. Ekphrasis events are collaborations of visual artists, poets, and performing artists. Karen also curates poetry events. She and Taos publisher and poet, Andrea L. Watson, are currently planning a show, Take a Detour from Route 66: Taos to Los Angeles, which will be held at The Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum and the John A. Rowland House in Southern California in March 2017, as well as a venue in Taos, which will be determined in 2017. These events will be sponsored by the Taos Arts Council. Both William Workman and John Rowland lived in Taos, before moving to California.

Karen is especially proud to have given a presentation and poetry reading in 2016 for faculty and students at the Keck Medical School at the University of Southern California. The invitation was extended by the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), Dr. Laura Mosqueda, who wrote one of the blurbs for Farolito. The purpose was to stimulate discussion among faculty and students about how literature and the arts can help doctors be better doctors. Another honor was participation in the 2010 Festival de Flor y Canto at USC. The Flor y Canto was a three-day, historic event which featured relatively unknown, but promising, writers, as well as such luminaries as Richard Montoya of Culture Clash; and the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. You can see and hear Karen's reading on the USC Digital Library's website <http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15799coll79/id/233/rec/40*>.

Karen's heritage is Hispano-the Spanish who settled New Mexico and intermarried with Native Americans-and two mountain men who wandered west. William Pope from Kentucky and John David Albert, born in Hagerstown, MD were trappers, traders, and adventurous men, who lived in Taos for years in the 19th century. They married Hispano Taos women. John David was a noted figure in the 1847 Taos Massacre. He married the daughter of William Pope. Pope Valley, near Napa Valley, CA, was named for William. Prior to his settling in Northern California, Pope had been captured, while fleeing Taos, and was imprisoned in San Diego as an illegal Americano immigrant. Karen has many more ancestors, who lived in Taos and its surrounding villages in the 19th century.


A former board member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic American, Southern CA Chapter, Karen is a self-described "genealogy geek". Karen likes to use genealogy, family stories, heirlooms, cultural history, and even DNA testing to inform her poetry and prose-and that will be the focus of her presentation to the Taos County Historical Society. She will intersperse poems about Taos and a few of her Taoseño ancestors, throughout her talk, as examples of how she does this. Audience members with a poetic bent might even be inspired to do the same. She will only read accessible poems for the sake of those who deem poetry a foreign language. This will be an interactive talk, so audience questions will be welcomed!

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The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1952 for the purpose of "... preserving the history of the Taos area...". It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month are held at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom with a featured speaker are open to the public and supported through memberships. These are also open to anyone upon payment of annual dues. For more information visit the Society's website, ww.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org

Taos County Historical Society
has successully launched
"TAOS: A Topical History"

320 pages, 26 chapters and contributors.

Mil Gracias, A THOUSAND THANKS, does not begin to cover the many, many individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. This debt is not only the living but also to those men and women who long ago began to preserve the journals and documents we now depend upon for knowledge of the past: the chroniclers who accompanied the explorers and settlers and who, dusty, tired and hungry, sat in the light of a candle to record in their journals the events of the day and the Franciscan clerics who made detailed reports of their canonical visits to the mission churches of Nuevo México.

Corina A. Santistevan
Acknowledgements in "Taos: A Topical History"

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