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Poet Laureate and city historian

Current and Past Poets Laureate

About the Poet Laureate Program

The Poet Laureate program of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, established in 2005, strives to promote a meaningful poetic presence as part of the diverse cultural fabric of our city.  Through the program, the City seeks to:

  • Enhance the literary arts presence in Santa Fe.
  • Create a focal point for the expression of Santa Fe’s culture through the literary arts.
  • Contribute to the continued growth of the individual Poet Laureate.
  • Raise awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word.
  • Celebrate the spirit of the people and special qualities of our city.
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration through the literary arts.
  • Create a unique program that will become a model for other cities.
  • Build a body of work that commemorates the life of our city.

Role of Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate is an honorary position given to a poet who has established a significant literary reputation, demonstrates a commitment to and passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse.

Duties of the Poet Laureate

  • Public appearances at City-sponsored events
  • Implementing an educational outreach initiative for the community
  • Authoring a written reflection to serve as an historical record of the Poet Laureate’s tenure.


An endowment to provide ongoing support for the Poet Laureate Program is maintained with the Santa Fe Community Foundation.  Donations in any amount may be made through the Santa Fe Community Foundation's website, www.santafecf.org. Click "Give Now" and be sure to specify Santa Fe Literary Education Fund for "Other Fund".

Contributions may also be made directly to the Foundation by sending checks made payable to:

Santa Fe Poet Laureate Program
Santa Fe Community Foundation
P.O. Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909
(505) 988-9715.

The Arts Commission would like to thank The Palace Press, the Santa Fe Community Foundation - Santa Fe Literary Education Designated Fund and other generous individual donors for their support of the Poet Laureate Program.

City Historian

Photo of Jose GarciaNative Santa Fean Jose Garcia was appointed City Historian on July 28, 2010. As a Northern New Mexico Historian and Genealogist, Garcia has researched the history of New Mexico extensively. He is particularly well-versed in the history of Santa Fe from the colonial era to the present. He has completed research in local archives as well as archives in Spain.

See below for a series of articles on the New Mexico Colonial Governors of the 1600s published by Garcia, including an article on the founding governor of Santa Fe, Pedro de Peralta. Mr. Garcia has also written and published articles about other personalities who left their mark on Santa Fe history. He wrote on explorer Pedro Vial who blazed the trail that would later be called The Santa Fe Trail and Bernardo Miera y Pacheco who lived and died in Santa Fe and was considered a renaissance personality of the colonial era.

Mr. Garcia served on the 400th Anniversary Committee.  He is a past member of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council and the Caballeros de Vargas de Santa Fe.

Garcia enjoys reflecting on the history of the city and its people through documentation, research and interpretation of the people, places and events that have created Santa Fe’s unique and distinctive character.

Mr. Garcia can be reached at: PO Box 32208, Santa Fe, NM 87594

email: josegarciacuartocentenario@yahoo.com

Colonial Governors

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