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Named the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe in March 2008, Valerie Martínez's first book of poetry, "Absence," "Luminescent "(1999), won the Larry Levis Prize and a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her second collection, "World to World," was published in 2004. Her forthcoming books include "Each and Her," a book-length poem (2010), and "And They Called It Horizon," her third poetry collection (2010). Martinez's poetry, translations and essays have appeared in many literary publications including "Parnassus, The Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, The Bloomsbury Review" and "AGNI." Her poems have been published in various anthologies of contemporary poetry, including "The Best American Poetry "(1996). She is an associate professor of English and creative writing at the College of Santa Fe. She lives in New Mexico.