CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS New Mexico Poetry Anthology

The New Mexico Poet Laureate Program is accepting submissions for consideration to the New Mexico Poetry Anthology: Vol. 1. We invite submissions of original, unpublished poems by poets who have lived in New Mexico at least three consecutive years. The anthology will celebrate the state’s people, cultures, languages, traditions, and querencia that express the uniqueness, complexity, and wonders of New Mexico.

Poems can interpret the following themes: Agriculture Borders – geographical/political/cultural/etc. Community Culture – multi-cultural Ethnopoetry Family History Identity Landscape – cultural/environmental Language – Indigenous/bilingual/ colloquialisms/slang/calό/cowboy/etc. Music Nature People Querencia – sense-of-home/sense-of-place/love-of-place Spirituality Water – acequias/drought/etc.

Broader interpretations will be considered.

Co-edited by New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emerita Michelle Otero, the anthology will be published by Museum of New Mexico Press in 2022.

Guidelines: Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021. Poems will not be accepted after this date.

Each applicant can submit up to three (3) works. There is no word limit per individual work. All individual works must be uploaded in PDF file format (1mb file size limit). Your name and contact information MUST NOT appear on the creative work you upload.

Submitted poems must be original, unpublished works. Previously published work will not be accepted. Submissions must be withdrawn from consideration if accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions submitted by and on behalf of current employees or family of current employees of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs will not be considered.

Bilingual poems and poems in languages other than English will be accepted. If the poem is in a language other than English, please include an English-Language translation.

Please direct all questions to: Submit poems to-


  1. What the Fxxx is a DUNS number. Why is this needed to submit a poem? Maria Varela P.O. Box 7505 Albuquerque, NM 87194 505-345-4092 (office) 505-321-5883 (cell phone) _________How Maria Varela Became One Of The ‘Eyes’ Of 1960s Black Student Activism.Radio Interview 2-2020 TO GET READY- HOLLOWELL LECTURE, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ATHENS, March 20, 2018. MARIA VARELA CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTO EXHIBIT: Time to Get Ready , March 3-August 13, 2017. National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago Illinois. SNCC DIGITAL GATEWAY WEBSITE: Maria Varela’s Work in SNCC 1963-1968 PBS/BLACK CULTURE CONNECTION: September, 2015. Interview with Maria Varela about her SNCC photos. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SPEECH: September, 2013. Maria Varela: Encounters in Liminal Spaces. NBC Latino Varela Op Ed: 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Link to Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC Segment of Varela chapter

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