Valerie Martinez

From the poem, ““New Mexico Fragments”:

“…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:



Valerie Martínez is a poet, teacher, translator, playwright, and collaborative artist. Her books include Absence, Luminescent, World to World, A Flock of Scarlet Doves, Each and Her, And They Called It Horizon and Reinventing the Enemy’s Language. Valerie has more than twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, primarily at the college level. For over ten years, she has also taught children, young adults, adults, teachers, and seniors in a wide range of community outreach and educational programs. She is Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe, Inc., an artist-run non-profit which creates community-inspired works of mixed-media art, installation, and performance ( Recent collaborations/ performances include Lines & Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families; Lifesongs; What Will You Remember; Salve: Women on War and Warriorship; and Vision Shift. Valerie recently completed her two-year tenure as Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate.

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