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Born in Arkansas during the 2nd World War and raised in boomtown Houston, MacNAUGHTON served the State of Texas as archivist for historical manuscripts in the 60s.

A grad school dropout from the University of Michigan in 1970, she moved to Libre -an artists' community in in the Huerfano Valley of Colorado- where she started an alternative school and several nonprofits. She also created and co-edited the art and literature broadside Wordworks.

Relocating to northern New Mexico over three decades ago, MacNaughton has worked in a federal education program at a group foster home and in local communities in Indian Education. She founded a one-room school in a remote mountain community and has taught in the local public schools and branch UNM college.

MacNaughton originated Taos High School’s award-winning Poetry Slam Team --the first one in the nation specifically for teenagers-- and established the very first State Championship Poetry Slam for secondary students. She continues to work with youth through workshops and mentorships.

Along with the poet Peter Rabbit and eight others, she co-founded S.O.M.O.S., the Taos Poetry Circus and the Poetry Education Project, later creating the spin off non-profits Minor Heron and The World Poetry Bout Association. She still produces poetry shows through Lucid Performance, a company she started with Rabbit.

MacNAUGHTON holds a B.A. in history and government from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.