Monday, March 15, 2010

Santa Fe Poet Laureate Farewell Reading

Lines and CirclesMarch 17, 2010
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Arts Commission Community Gallery
201 W. Marcy St. at Sheridan
In the
Santa Fe Community Convention Center

On March 17, 2010 during the lunch hour, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez will read poems about Santa Fe—a reading dedicated to city residents. Downtown residents, City of Santa Fe employees, downtown merchants and staff, and all others are invited to an hour of poetry about the capital city.

This event, Martínez’s last as Poet Laureate, also celebrates the release of her book, This is How it Began, printed and bound in a limited, letterpress edition by the Press at the Palace of the Governors. Copies of the book will be available for viewing and purchase at the reading.

Over the past two years, Martínez has appeared at over 45 public events—giving readings, workshops, short courses; writing with children, youth, families and elders; performing with musicians, dancers, actors, poets and others. In the introduction to This is How it Began, Valerie states: “This book is my gift to the many residents who have educated me, enlightened me, and deepened my love for Santa Fe.”

Martínez’s community outreach project, Lines & Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families, involved working with three and four generations of eleven Santa Fe families whose mixed-media works of art and poems appear at the Arts Commission Community Gallery through Friday, March 19, 2010. Those attending the reading will have a chance to tour the exhibition. A collection of Martínez’s Santa Fe poems will be published by Sunstone Press later this year.

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