As I end my tenure as Santa Fe Poet Laureate, I want to thank all the individuals and organizations and supporters who have made my two years as poet laureate so wonderful. Below is a listing of all the events, readings, workshops, and panels I've been part of as a representative of the life and vibrancy of Santa Fe's commitment to poetry. Thank you. Valerie
1. And They Called It Horizon: Santa Fe Poems by Valerie Martínez. Sunstone Press, Summer 2010.
2. “This is How It Began” (long poem about Santa Fe). Special, hand-press edition, Press at the Palace of the Governors, March 2010.
3. Each and Her (book-length poem) by Valerie Martínez. University of Arizona Press, Fall 2010.
4. Lines and Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families. Edited by Valerie Martínez. Sunstone Press, January 2010.
Readings, Appearances, Workshops, Events
4/27/10 Judge: National Poetry Out Loud (POL) Finals. Washington, DC.
4/16/10 Reading: Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque
4/11/10 Panel Presentations: Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference. Women Writing the West and Write the Relationship: Poetic Friendships, Denver.
3/27/10 Poet/Performer: Form & Function: a spoken word/collaborative performance in response to the Form & Function exhibit at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, with poets Jasmine Cuffee, Lauren Camp, and Jamie Figueroa. 516 Arts, ABQ, 8 p.m.
3/25/10 Moderator: 9 for 5: Presenting Nine Albuquerque Poets. A reading by nine poets in Valerie’s Advanced Poetry Workshop conducted in the fall of 2009. Part of Women & Creativity Month 2010.
3/8/10 Reading: Mayoral and City Councilors Swearing-In. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m.
3/6/10 Poet/Performer: Salve: Women on War and Warriorship, a spoken-word and music piece based on interviews with women war veterans, part of Women & Creativity Month, 2010. A Littleglobe collaboration with Littleglobe, Bing, and the NHCC. Journal Theater, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 7 p.m.
1/12/10 Writing Workshop: Annie Leibovitz and the Intimate Image. Art and Leadership Program for Women. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. 7-9 p.m.
12/18/09 Reading: A Tribute to Gerard Manley Hopkins. AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE, with actors, dancers, poets, and other performers. Produce by Theaterwork. James A. Little Theater, 7 p.m.
11/21/09 Reading: Santa Fe Watershed Association Gala Event. Del Charro Grill/Inn of the Governors, Santa Fe. 6:30 p.m.
11/6/09 Burque Poetico, Cervantes Institute, Roundtable discussion of Latino Poetry in the Contemporary World, with Columbian poet Amando Romero, 7 p.m.
11/5/09 Panel Presentation: Creative Voices. National Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference, University of New Mexico, 2-4 p.m.
11/4/09 SAGE Magazine/Albuquerque Journal Luncheon. Recipient of one of the “Twenty Women Who Have Made a Difference” awards for Valerie’s creative and community service.
10/30/09 Reading: Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m.
10/29/09 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 6:30 p.m. One of Valerie’s poems appeared in the program.
10/22/09 Santa Fe High School, Julie Hasted’s English Class and the SFHS Poetry Club.Reading, Writing, and Spoken Word activities with students.
10/16-17/09 The Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG): Celebration of the Book. Southside Library. Exhibition of Art Books (made by members of BAG), bookmaking and poetry activities with members of BAG and Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez.
9/26/09 Reading: the 2009 National Book Festival, NEA Pavilion, Washington, DC.
Other NEA writers/readers included Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate; Jane Hirshfield, Ed Hirsch, Ana Menendez, Ayar Zafisi, and Tim O’Brien.
9/6/09 Reading of an excerpt from “And They Called It Horizon” (a long poem about Santa Fe). 400th Anniversary/Commemoration Opening Ceremony. Ft. Marcy Field, Santa Fe.
Sept-Dec/09 Instructor: Advanced Poetry Workshop: A five week workshop for advanced poets. Albuquerque, Fall 2009.
8/6-7/09 Member of the 2009 NEA Panel awarding grants to Literary Presses and Publishers. Washington, DC.
7/23/09 Writing and Art Workshop (with visual artist Gary Myers). “The Letter: The Visual Poetics of Written Correspondence” in conjunction with the Santa Fe Opera world premiere of Paul Moravec’s “The Letter” and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Beyond Our Shores.” 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Education Annex.
7/13-16/09 Faculty member, Taos Summer Writers Conference. Taught a week-long master poetry workshop.
6/28/09 Writing Workshop for Art Teachers, “From There to Here” in conjunction with the exhibition: Georgia O’Keeffe Beyond Our Shores. Georgia O’Keeffe Education Programs. 9-11 a.m.
6/9-11/2009 Writing Workshop (3 days of creative exercises and writing). VOCES Youth Program, winner of an Arts Alliance Bravos Award, NHCC.
4/18/09 Arts Alliance Bravos Award Dinner in support of the VOCES Youth Program of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), serving New Mexico high school students, 6 p.m.,Albuquerque.
4/16/09 Reading. Poetry Jam, 2009, in support of New Mexico CultureNet’s Poets in the Schools (PITS) program. 7 p.m., Lensic Performing Arts Center.
4/4/09 Judge. National High School Poetry Slam Qualifying Competition, Santa Fe Indian School. 7 p.m.
3/27/09 Ekphrastic Performance (with poets Maureen Seaton and Jasmine
Cuffee) in response to a Sheri Crider installation. SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, 7 p.m. Women & Creativity Month, 2009.
3/22/09 Meeting of the Lines and Circles Poet Laureate Educational/Outreach Project Families. 2 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Performing Space, College of Santa Fe.
3/15/09 Spoken Word and Musical Performance. SALVE: Women on War and Warriorship—based on interviews with women war veterans, in celebration of Women & Creativity Month, 2009. A Littleglobe production with Molly Sturges, Linne Lalire, Alex Neville, Chris Jonas, Poppy Wilder, and J.A. Deane. New Mexico Veterans War Memorial, Albuquerque, 2 p.m.
3/14/09 Spoken Word and Musical Performance. SALVE: Women on War and Warriorship—based on interviews with women war veterans, in celebration of Women & Creativity Month, 2009. A Littleglobe production with Molly Sturges, Linne Lalire, Alex Neville, Chris Jonas, Poppy Wilder, and J.A. Deane.O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, College of Santa Fe.
3/12/09 Reading: One Poem Festival, Palabra Pura. Jazz Showcase, Chicago, 6 p.m.
3/3/09 Reading. Dear Eve, Lilith, and Emily…with writers Dana Levin and Robin Romm in celebration of Women & Creativity Month. 12:30 p.m., College of Santa Fe.
2/14/09 Reading & Panel Presentation: “Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections.” Associated Writing Programs (AW) Annual Conference, Chicago.
2/14/09 Panel Moderator: “Sibling Rivalries: Spoken & Written Word Poetry and the Literary Tug-of-War,” Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Chicago: with Jon Davis, Danny Solis, Jill Battson, and Michelle Holland.
2/8/09 Judge. Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest—New Mexico State Competition Finals, 2009, 1 p.m., St. Francis Auditorium.
11/18/08 Writing Workshop: “The Art of Self-Image” (accompanying the exhibition of “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity”), Arts & Leadership Program, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 7-9 p.m.
11/16/08 Second Meeting of the Lines and Circles Families Poet Laureate Project.
11/10/08 Reading/Discussion with ArtWorks kids, grades 6-8, 10-11:30 a.m., Santa Fe.
11/8/08 Presentation. Letras Latinas Salon, hosted by Francisco Aragon (Director of the Institute for Latino/a Studies at Notre Dame), 4 p.m. Santa Fe.
11/8/08 Reading and Presentation: Poetry and Science. Santa Fe Institute “The Road Less Traveled” Gala Event, 7 p.m., Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe
11/3/08 Talk and Slide Show Presentation: “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Art of Identity.” Breakfast with O’Keeffe, 8:30 a.m., Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
10/30/08 Reading: Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Community Convention Center, 6:30 p.m.
10/17/08 Reading and Discussion, Bear Canyon Retirement Community Center, as part of the Santa Fe Opera’s participation in the national Big Read Event.
10/2/08 First Meeting of the Lines and Circle Families
9/27/08 New Mexico Women Authors’ Book Festival, Reading and Book-Signing, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, 2 p.m.
9/29/08 Reading followed by a writing workshop: International Conference on Creative Tourism, Santa Fe.
9/25/08 Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Phitya Series Reading, 7:30 p.m.
9/14/08 Reading & Panel Presentation, “Integrating Poetry Into Life,” STIR: A Festival of Words. Harwood Arts Center, Albuquerque.
9/13/08 Reading, Grand Opening of the new Santa Fe Railyard Complex, Santa Fe, 1 p.m.
9/2/08 Reading/Celebration for the Poet Laureate and the 20th Anniversary of the College of Santa Fe Creative Writing Program.
8/30/08 Women’s Focus Radio Program, KUNM (89.9 FM) Radio. Noon.
8/30/08 Reading: Fundraising Dinner/Reading for the Poet Laureate Program, hosted by Sallie Bingham, Santa Fe.
7/9/08 “Metamorphosis: Bookmaking and Poetry,” A Workshop for Teens, Southside Library, Santa Fe.
6/21/08 Interview: UNOBSTRUCTED, OnWord, Talk Radio, with Alaina Alexander. 3:30 p.m.
6/16/08 Reading and Music: Poetry & Jazz, Counter Culture Café, 7:30 p.m. (with theSouthwest Jazz Orchestra).
5/14/08 Reading: Student Mentorship Celebration for Monte del Sol Charter School, College of Santa Fe
5/6/08 Reading and Group Writing Exercise, Monte del Sol Charter School (English Classes).
4/5/08 Poem-Palooza 2008 (a celebration of poetry in all its forms) Greer Garson Theater, 7 p.m.
4/2/08 Panel Moderator: “Sibling Rivalries: Spoken and Written Word Poetry and the Literary Tug of War,” College of Santa Fe.
3/10/08 Reading, Santa Fe City Counselors and Judges Swearing-In Ceremony, Lensic Theater. Inauguration of Santa Fe’s second poet laureate.