Valerie Martinez is an accomplished poet with five books of poetry, a book of translations, and publication in dozens of literary journals and magazines. Her book-length poem, "Count," was published by the University of Arizona Press in August 2021. Martinez's previous book-length poem, "Each and Her," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the William Carlos William Award, the National Book Critics Circle award, the PEN Open Book Award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize and was an honorable mention in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards. She was the Poet Laureate for the city of Santa Fe from 2008-2010.
Among other creative collaborations, Martinez is the founder of the EKCO Poets, co-coordinates Women & Creativity, co-founded the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program, and serves on the Bernalillo County Arts Board. She has presented extensively at arts and literary conferences nationwide.
Martinez was the director of history and literary arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from February 2018 to July 2021. There, she coordinated 2-4 history and/or literary exhibits per year, archives and special collections, a library and genealogy center, and over 20 history and literary arts programs.
Valerie Martinez has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Master's of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona.