Selected Recent Readings, Panels, Presentations, Etc.

Watch a short film about Valerie's poem "It is Not" - Blank Verse Films

Created by filmmaker Mike Gioia, this is one of a series of short films featuring poems by US poets.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 7 pm - National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Diamond Jubilee Convention
  Keynote Address:  "The Past, Present and Future of American Poetry."  Santa Fe, New Mexico

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:30-2:45 - AWP Conference Panel

"The Art of Trauma:" Susan AyresWendy Chin-TannerAlice AndersonValerie MartinezC. Russell Price. In this discussion, writers explore strategies to piece together stories about sexual abuse, domestic violence, addiction, and mental illness. The panelists consider how we write poetry and narratives about the debilitating consequences of trauma on the body, mind, and soul. In commenting on their own work and the work of others, they discuss the craft, ethics, and emotions in writing about and through trauma. Portland, OR

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1-2:30 pm - 2019 CPL Summit/West Panel

“True to Ourselves: Authenticity in Creative Placemaking Practice and Process:" Valerie Martinez, Billy Joe Miller, Shelle Sanchez, Nkazi Sinandile. Panelists will address “authenticity” (being true to ourselves) and why creative placemaking must be community-designed and community-led and embrace a long-term process that involves relationship-building, creative collaboration, and sustained engagement between community members. Albuquerque, NM

Thursdays, January 23, 30 and February 6 - "Inside Opera" - 5:30-7 pm

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work. Albuquerque, NM

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:30 am - Chatter at Site Santa Fe

Music: Kevin Ernste Birches, Balijinder Sekhon Compass, Luciano Berio Naturale

Musicians: John Graham, viola and Alan Zimmerman, percussion

Poet: Valerie Martinez.  Santa Fe, NM