Bird Thompson Live: Songs, Poems and Stories

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Bird Thompson Live: Songs, Poems, and Stories

Santa Fe Public Library welcomes you to join us on two Saturdays this fall for Bird Thompson Live: Songs, Poems, and Stories. In these acoustic guitar performances, Bird will sing and play from his own songbook, interspersed with original stories and poems. Performances will be held at both La Farge and Southside Branch Libraries: September 24, (2-3pm) at La Farge Branch Library; and October 1, (2-3pm) at Southside Branch Library.

Bird Thompson is a local musician, writer and DJ. Bird first saw the light of day in Pennsylvania in 1944, but turned 10 years old in Florida. He dropped out of MIT in 1965, thinking that something was missing. Science was great but wasn’t the full human story. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in English literature in 1967, and upon returning to Boston was swept up in the anti-war, hippie movement. He started writing songs & travelled throughout the US. In 1975, he began practicing Tibetan Buddhist meditation.

Having lived in Santa Fe since 1982, Bird has contributed widely to the local arts community. He has recorded four CDs: Now Here This; Prayer Wheel; Offering; and Way of the Bodhisattva. He has also published three books of non-fiction: Extreme Times: Diary of an Eco-Buddhist; Nine Lifetimes in One: A Memoir; and No Beginning: Songs and Poems. You can hear Bird’s radio show, Blues You Can Use, every Thursday at 1:07pm until 3:00pm on 101.1FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. You can also stream the show live at

La Farge Branch Library – 1730 Llano St. Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 955-4867

Southside Branch Library – 6599 Jaguar Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 955-2820




NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.