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April 23, 5:30 pm (MDT), Zoom. SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) presents poetry by Valerie Martínez reading from Count (a poetic reckoning with climate change and call to action) and Malena Mörling. Free and open to the public. Register here:  somostaos.org/calendar/#events or call 575-758-0081.

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 pm (MDT): World Premiere: Original composition by Peter Gilbert based on Valerie Martinez's new book, COUNT. Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Performed by EKMELES: Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano; Tim Keeler, countertenor; Eric Dudley, tenor; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director

Steven Hrycelak, bass; William Lang, trombone

Watch a reading from Count, Valerie's new book, and conversation with Rigoberto Gonzalez, Puerto del Sol Series editor at the University of Arizona Press:  https://tinyurl.com/53sftv4c

Watch a recent reading by Valerie and her fellow Santa Fe Poets Laureate for WORDS on the Edge, a collection of twenty-six poems and lyrical texts which address themes of nature and its irresponsible destruction:  https://youtu.be/zOjXVfVuAB4

Saturday, April 30, 5 pm (MDT): Reading. Valerie Martínez, Lesley Poling-Kempes, Tommy Archuleta, and Mary Morris, CCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Santa Fe, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505.  The first reading series event of 2022 celebrates the last day of poetry month on Saturday, April 30th. Expanding beyond poetry, this reading series will include both poetry and prose. Sliding scale suggested donation: $5-10

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