Virtual Poetry Reading: Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson, Arte Romero y Carver, Levi Romero, Hannah Laga Abram

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Elizabeth Jacobson’s second book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, won the New Measure Poetry Prize, selected by Marianne Boruch, and was published in January 2019, by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. Her other books include two chapbooks, A Brown Stone and Are the Children Make Believe? both from Dancing Girl Press and a full-length collection, Her Knees Pulled In, from Tres Chicas Books. She is the founding director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, a not-for-profit that conducts weekly poetry classes in battered family and homeless shelters in New Mexico.  WingSpan has received four grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, JuxtaProse, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Poet Lore, Taos Journal of Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, The Laurel Review, Terrain, and elsewhere. She has received residencies from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Key West Literary Seminar, Herekeke Arts Center, and the Mable Dodge Luhan House where she was the 2018 writer-in-residence. Elizabeth has taught writing for over thirty years in colleges, public schools, and for programs with community outreach.  Currently, she is teaching a weekly community poetry class in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railyard Art Project. Elizabeth is the Reviews Editor for and Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Arte Romero y Carver is a 17-year-old Chicano writer, political organizer, and artist. Born and raised in New Mexico, he is currently a high school student at the New Mexico School for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Rigorous Literary Journal, Inlandia Literary Journal, Change Seven Magazine, and the Magma: Ressitancia anthology, among other publications. In 2020, Arte was named the Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate.

Levi Romero was selected as the inaugural New Mexico Poet Laureate in 2020. His most recent book is Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (co-authored with Spencer Herrera and Robert Kaiser). His two collections of poetry are A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works and In the Gathering of Silence.

Santa Fe's First Youth Poet Laureate Hannah Laga-Abram graduated from the Santa Fe Waldorf School in 2019 and attends Middlebury College. Her work has been honored in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Keys, 1st and 2nd place in Pasatiempo writing contest. Her poetry has been featured in The Rattler, Cadmium Yellow Press, Orrisroot Mag, and more.