Our Mission

Our mission is to discover poetry that raises the hair on our arms, therefore our consciousness; Poetry that excites with passion, syntax, imagery, and craft. Living in Taos, New Mexico, U.S., amid astounding horizontal beauty of mesas, vertical allure of mountains, we are searching too for splendor; intricate and singing. Our vision is wide and inviting to both experimental and formal poetry, reviews and essays.

Taos Journal of Poetry, an online journal of International Poetry,  erupted  from the minds of poets, editors, and co-founders Catherine Strisik and Veronica Golos in 2011. For nine years we developed the journal into an internationally recognized publication of poetry with translations/ languages of origins from poets across the globe, including both educational essays, book reviews, interviews, and highly recognized artists’ and photographers’ artwork. In 2020, poet and educator, Robin Shawver held the reigns following closely Taos Journal’s mission. Now, after a two-year hiatus, Taos Journal of Poetry is again very much alive edited by co-founder Catherine Strisik who is assisted by a tremendous group of Editorial Advisors.

Seshat, whose image introduces the journal, is the Ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and writing. She was known by the epithet “Mistress of the House of Books” because she looked after the library of the gods and was the patron of all earthly libraries. She was also patron of all forms of writing.

Taos Journal of Poetry is a non-profit organization. Your continued tax-deductible contributions are greatly appreciated. 
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All rights to Taos Journal of Poetry, all issues, are reserved with Taos Journal of Poetry and Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written consent of Taos Journal of Poetry, including, but not limited to, any network or other electronic means of transmission, or broadcast for distance learning. ©Individual copyrights remain with writers, artists, and photographers for their respective work.


Catherine Strisik, poet, teacher, editor, Taos, New Mexico’s Poet Laureate 2020-2021; recipient of Taoseña Award as Woman of Impact based on literary contribution; is author of Insectum Gravitis (Main Street Rag, 2019; finalist New Mexico/AZ Book Award in Poetry 2020); The Mistress (3: A Taos Press, 2016; awarded New Mexico/AZ Book Award for Poetry 2017); Thousand-Cricket Song (Plain View Press 2010, 2nd edition 2016); manuscripts: Some Ichor Flowed,(finalist: Two Sylvia’s Press & Philip Levine Prize in Poetry); and, Dear Unholy: (finalist: Two Sylvia’s Press) She is co-founder and editor of Taos Journal of Poetry, on advisory board of Pocket Samovar, is a Pushcart nominee, holds poetry workshops in Greece and locally, and has over 30 years of publications with poetry translated into Greek, Persian, and Bulgarian.

Strisik offers editorial services, private consultations, and small group poetry workshops, and is available for readings and interviews.   https://www.cathystrisik.com

Editorial Advisory Board

Veronica Golos
Niels Hav
Brenda Hillman
Rosa Jamali
Robert Okaji
dg nanouk okpik
Vassiliki Rapti
Jon Riccio
Robin Shawver
Mervyn Taylor
Mary Jane White
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