Photo by Alejandro Uva
Valerie Martinez served as the City’s second Poet Laureate, from 2008 through 2010. During her term, she presented and participated in over 30 public readings, workshops and events.
“Lines & Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families,” brought together three generations of eleven Santa Fe families, to envision and then create a unique family work of art. The works reflected the family name, history or simply the intergenerational collaboration that happened during the project. Each work was accompanied by an original poem authored by family, Poet Laureate with the family or the Poet Laureate on the family’s behalf. The finished pieces were presented in an exhibit entitled “Lines & Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families” in January 2010.
The goal of the “Lines and Circles” project was to nurture and celebrate the Santa Fe community, encourage positive relationships within and between families, nurture meaningful community dialogue, and generate a body of art and poetry that commemorates city life. The “Lines and Circles” families included the Akers Hunt Covelli, Carmona, Goler Baca, Ingram, Jones Brown, Martínez Ridgley, Quintana Gallegos, Ortiz Dinkel Hasted, Salazar, Shapiro Bachman and Strongheart families.
Martínez is a poet, educator, playwright, librettist and collaborative artist. She is the author of six books of poetry including Absence, Luminescent, World to World, and Each and Her (winner of the Arizona Book Award, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize). Martinez has more than twenty years of experience as a teacher, primarily at the college level. For over ten years, she has also worked with children, young adults, adults, seniors and teachers in a wide range of community outreach and educational programs. Martinez is Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe, an artist-run non-profit that collaborates with communities in the creation of significant works of art, installation and performance.