"My cousin was a folk musician who introduced me to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. I started composing my own rhymes and my own songs. I was coming from a background where the word poetry wasn't even spoken - that genre wasn't even taught. I was coming at it more from a songwriter's perspective, but it had all the elements of trying to make a statement through what I was writing because of that influence of the folk music and the songwriters of that time." Levi Romero, inaugural New Mexico Poet Laureate, from a Taos News interview, 2020
The New Mexico Poet Laureate is a 3-year position with the goals of supporting literacy and enhancing education while promoting arts enrichment across the state. Through speaking engagements statewide and programs at schools and libraries, the poet will engage all New Mexicans with poetry. They will also document their travels via web journal and podcast.
Levi Romero, inaugural Poet Laureate, 2020 - 2023
The purpose of the Poet Laureate is to build awareness and appreciation of poetry in the wider community, to undertake projects that will make poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives and to celebrate poetry and the power of the written word while honoring the cultural diversity of our community.
Catherine Strisik, 2020 - 2022
Sawnie Morris, inaugural Poet Laureate, 2018-2019
Laura Tohe 2015
Luci Tapahonso, inaugural Poet Laureate, 2013
The Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP) celebrates poetry by recognizing a resident poet who makes meaningful connections, honors and serves our diverse community, elevates the importance of the art form, and shares poetry with Albuquerque residents.
Mary Oishi, 2020 - 2022
Michelle Otero, 2018 - 2020
Manuel Gonzalez, 2016 -2018
Jessica Helen Lopez, 2014 - 2016
Hakim Bellamy, inaugural Poet Laureate, 2012-2014
Established in 2005, the Poet Laureate is an honorary position that is both ceremonial and educational, with the goal of promoting the presence of poetry in the city.
Darryl Wellington, 2021-2023
Elizabeth Jacobson, 2019 - 2021
Jon Davis, 2012 - 2014
Joan Logghe, 2010 - 2012
Valerie Martinez, 2008 - 2010
Arthur Sze, inaugural Poet Laureate, 2006 - 2008
The Poet Laureate Program of the Silver City/Grant County area, established in 2011 by the Steering Committee of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, and endorsed by the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Silver City, strives to promote a meaningful poetic presence as part of the diverse cultural fabric of our town and region.
Eve West Bessier 2019 - 2021
Beate Sigriddaughter and Jack Crocker, 2017 - 2019
Elise Stuart, 2014 - 2017
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado 2012 - 2014, Inaugural Poet Laureate
Kayt Peck, inaugural poet laureate 2021