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’60s-era radical, fugitive Katherine Ann Power to speak in Taos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 1960s-era radical, longtime fugitive and eventual prisoner Katherine Ann Power will talk about her experiences for the first time from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Taos Community Auditorium in Taos, at a reading and discussion of her forthcoming book, “Surrender.”

The event is being presented by Nighthawk Press and SOMOS, the literary society of Taos, according to a news release.

Power, a Denver native, will talk about her evolution from student activist against the Vietnam War, to a self-styled guerrilla, to being a fugitive on FBI’s Most Wanted List for 23 years, to her surrender in 1993 and prisoner, penitent and “practical peace catalyst,” the news release said.

The getaway driver in a 1970 bank robbery where a policeman and father of nine was shot and killed, Power was underground for 23 years before she surrendered and served six years at Framingham Prison in Massachusetts, according to the release. She just completed 20 years on probation and is free to tell her story, which she will initiate in Taos.

“I’ve not yet been to Taos, but I believe it is a place that will understand and respond to my story,” Power said in the release. “I’ve always known Taos to be a place of creativity, that values the arts, and a spiritual place. It feels like the right place to start speaking out again.”

Kristina Ortez de Jones, executive director of SOMOS, said the literary society is “honored to host Katherine Ann Power’s first discussion since the end of a 20-year silence in which she was forbidden to benefit in any way from talking about her life … Her story is fascinating and thought-provoking.”

Tickets for the reading and discussion are $15 ($12 for SOMOS members) and are available at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos or at SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest).

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