poet * educator * cultural worker * collaborative artist


***On April 3rd, Valerie will give a TEDx ABQ talk about the transformational power of collaborative art. The session is sold out but stay tuned for information about how to see the talk online in the coming months.

***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. Recipients are recognized for their innovation, entrepreneurship and impact upon Greater Albuquerque.

***On April 30, 2014, Valerie will be 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

***Valerie is a Project Director of the Stories of Route 66: The International District project, 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