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Join Valerie on Instagram for posts dedicated to her book-length poem, COUNT

Read a review of COUNT by Karen Leona Anderson in the April  2023 issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment: Review.

Purchase a copy of COUNT here.

Reknowned composer Peter Gilbert composed music for various sections of COUNT. Listen to "As the Waters Began to Rise," performed by Ekmeles, on Soundcloud.

Just published!  Open-Hearted Horizon: An Albuquerque Poetry Anthology, edited by Valerie and Shelle Sanchez, University of New Mexico Press, 2024, featuring 66 Albuquerque poets. Learn more.   A launch event, for the anthology, will be held at the Albuquerque Museum on Sunday, March 11 at 1 pm. And some of the poets in the anthology will read at Bookworks on Monday, April 11. Join us!

Sponsored by the departments of English and Environmental Studies, Valerie recently read from COUNT and visited a 400-level "Poetic Sequence" class at St. Mary's College of Maryland. February 15, 2024. This was part of the VOICES Reading Series at SMCM. Learn more here

Celebrating 20 years of the wonderful Letras Latinas, Valerie will read with Blas Falconer and Dan Vera at the Folger Library in Washington, DC, part of the O.B. Hardison Series, on November 12, 2024.  This is the 11th of a 12-month series. Learn more here.

Valerie's essay, "Peopleness: Ethnicity and the Latinx Poem," appears in the new anthology, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (University of New Mexico Press, 2022). Learn more here.

Valerie's ekphrastic poem, "Granite Weaving" (based on Jesus Moroles's granite sculpture by the same name), appears in the new How to Read (and Write About) Poetry by Susan Holbrook (Broadview Press 2022, second edition, page 44).  The poem original appeared in Poetry magazine, March 2016.

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.

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