Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program


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Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (APLP)

Fiscal Sponsor

Escuela del Sol Montessori
Albuquerque, New Mexico

APLP Organizing Committee

Mindy Grossberg

Mindy Grossberg is the Coordinator for ArtStreet, a community open art studio and program of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, where she has worked and found a home for over 10 years.  In addition to working in community and creating art out of found objects-her favorite being sock monkeys- Mindy is a student and practitioner of Action Theater, a form of body based improvisational theater.

Valerie Martinez

Valerie 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 (nominated for a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize) and was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe for 2008-2010.

Valerie has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, primarily at the college level.  For over 15 years, has worked with children, young adults, adults, teachers, and seniors in a wide range of community outreach and educational programs.  She is Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe:

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Susan McAllister

For the past fifteen years Susan has worked in the Albuquerque arts community in different capacities, as director of the Harwood Art Center, as a freelance grant writer and consultant, and currently as project manager of the One Million Bones social arts practice.

Her love of poetry manifests as facilitator more often than creator — as co-editor of The Harwood Anthology and Looking Back to Place published by Old School Books and A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene, published by UNM Press, and as co-organizer and financial director of the 2005 National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque.  Her poetry has appeared in local publications, but don’t expect to see her reading in public.  Really.

Don McIver

Basic Human Needs Award winning poet, Don McIver is a four time member of the ABQ slam team, a host/producer of KUNM’s Spoken Word Hour, the author of The Noisy Pen, and editor of A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene. He’s performed all over the United States including the Colorado Performance Poetry Festival, Tucson Poetry Festival, the 3SidedWhole, and the 2011 Solofest.

He’s produced, curated, and hosted poetry events big and small including the 2005 National Poetry Slam, and been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.  He’s a board member of New Mexico Literary Arts, a former Albuquerque Slam master, and a member of the Executive Council of PSi from 2006-08.  He’s presented on the uses of spoken word as a way to engage students in language at the state and national conference for the College, Reading and Learning Association, and the 2011 Albuquerque Cultural Conference.

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Program Overview
Poet Laureate Description
Poet Laureate Selection Process
Application Process
Selection Committee

Poet Laureate Present
Poets Laureate Past

Selection Committee Application
Poet Laureate Application
Poet Laureate Nomination


APLP Organizing Committee
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