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About the 2022-2024 Poet Laureate: Anna Martinez

For Anna, poetry matters because it is the most accessible and resonant form of art politic and history, requiring nothing more than pen, paper, and the vision of the poet. Anyone at any age and from any economic background can impact the discourse in their own community and beyond through the activism of poetry. It is the vehicle that transported me from a curious child raised in Española, the alleged “heroin capital of the world,” to the roundhouse at the NM State legislature as a constitutional attorney and legal analyst. Poetry matters because it is the infrastructure of my life.,