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A virtual event partnership with the University of New Mexico Press and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Michelle Otero will read and be in conversation with Valerie Martinez, Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Nestled in the heart of Albuquerque is a vibrant cottonwood forest that has flourished for centuries along the Río Grande–providing a home for porcupines, migratory birds, coyotes, and other wildlife as well as a sanctuary for its city residents. Today, in the midst of climate change and the slow drying of the river, the bosque struggles to remain vibrant. As a former Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero champions this beloved Albuquerque treasure. In her debut poetry collection, Bosque, she celebrates the importance of water and the bosque to the people of Albuquerque. Otero shares her reflections on the high desert–where she is rooted, where she draws her strength, and where she has flourished–and she invites readers to do the same.
Michelle Otero is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros for socially engaged writers to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community. She is also the author of Malinche’s Daughter. She was formerly the Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, on the Modern Love Podcast, NPR’s Code Switch, and in New Mexico Magazine, Shenandoah, and The Best of Brevity Anthology. Originally from Deming, New Mexico, Otero holds a BA in History from Harvard College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
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