poet * educator * cultural worker * collaborative artist


***Valerie is Project Co-Director of the Stories of Route 66: The International District , a large-scale art and community engagement initiative in Albuquerque. The project was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/Our Town grant. Learn more at: Project Description

***On April 30, 2014, Valerie was one in a panel of judges for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Finals in Washington, DC. Learn more about Poetry Out Loud here: POL

***On April 3rd, Valerie gave a TEDx ABQ talk about the transformational power of collaborative art.

***On March 22nd, Valerie was presented with a 2014 Creative Bravos Award, presented to individuals, organizations, events and/or businesses for outstanding achievements in support of the creative economy.