Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS PláticArte: Valerie Martínez

Tue, February 21, 2012 | Conference Room, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, A232A, Beauford H. Jester Center, The University of Texas at Austin

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Valerie Martínez is a poet, translator, teacher, playwright, librettist, and collaborative artist. The title of her CMAS PlaticArte is “The Latina Poet in the 21st Century: The Public/Private Life of the Writer.”

Her award-winning books include Absence, Luminescent, World to World, A Flock of Scarlet Doves, Each and Her, And They Called It Horizon  and This is How It Began. Her most recent book, Each and Her (winner of the 2012 Arizona Book Award), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the William Carlos William Award, and the National Book Award.  Her work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies and media outlets including The Best American Poetry, the Washington Post, and the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series. Valerie has more than twenty years of experience as a teacher, primarily at the college level.  For over fifteen years, she has also worked with children, young adults, adults, teachers, and seniors in a wide range of community outreach and educational programs.  She is Executive Director of Littleglobe, Inc., a non-profit collaborative of artists who work in community. Valerie has a B.A. from Vassar College and an MFA from the University of Arizona.  She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico for 2008-2010. 

This CMAS PlaticArte will take place in the Conference Room of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies in the Beauford H. Jester Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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