Valerie Martínez's books include Absence, Luminescent, World to World, A Flock of Scarlet Doves, Each and Her, and Reinventing the Enemy's Language. Martinez work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review; Parnassus; The Colorado Review; Puerto del Sol; Mandorla, Tiferet, and AGNI. Her work has appeared in many anthologies including The Best American Poetry (1996); New American Poets--A Breadloaf Anthology; American Poetry--Next Generation, Touching the Fire--Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance; and Junta--Contemporary Latino/a Poetry of the Avant Garde. Her essay about Joy Harjo (along with poems by Harjo and Martínez) appears in the anthology Efforts and Affections: Women Poets and Their Mentors. Valerie is Executive Director of Littleglobe, Inc., an artist-run social profit organization that collaborates with diverse communities on large-scale art and community dialogue projects. Valerie has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The University of Arizona. She is currently Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Santa Fe and the Poet Laureate of the City of Santa Fe for 2008-2010.
The sky’s a triplet-- indigo, navy, dusty pink. Thirteen gargantuan ravens. Bits in their beaks; Asian eyes. Cheeky moon playing Jupiter. I count nineteen black branches and Lorca’s three gold letters: SUN.