Stood by the edge of the mountain, the day coming fully
to crows. Stood and the lighted gap offered a moment
of brightest compassion. Before wither, I could intercept
the warm air of distance, knew I would render it drenched
in rigorous grays. I stood in the lack and metered
to make it abundant. Clocking each crescent of moon
and its upward direction. All eye level was surface. The stars
were precise in beginning. Long was the view, though
short its duration. Cloaked at the tripod, I was entrusted
to claim province. Stood in these details: a field, a church,
desert crust, barn door. A moon, ascending, partly
undressed in devotion. My hands again moved a slide
to the holder. Saturated blue slumped over, taking its pitch,
and for a moment, peeling back, in portals of time.
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.
Lauren Camp, second New Mexico State Poet Laureate
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.
Joshue Concha (Taos Pueblo) 2022-2023
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.
Anna C. Martinez, 2022 - 2024
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