Originally granted 501(c)3 status as the Poetry Center of New Mexico, the board of that organization threw in the towel. In 1997, a meeting was held with numerous poets and small press people as to what to do next. Consequently a new board of directors was formed as New Mexico Literary Arts.
There has been a lot of activity over the years and various incarnations with every board constellation. Each member of each board has themselves produced many literary/visual art shows, readings, forums, workshops, small press faire, and participation in events from north to south. As an organization, we have successfully collaborated to co-create the kinds of projects that fulfill our goals, if not our desires. We also act as a fiscal agent for many other organizations. We like poetry in particular, but firmly believe that “art saves lives” so we strive to interact in fresh ways with creative projects of many stripes and persuasions.
All of us on the current board have been around the poetry scene in New Mexico for a long time. We know who does what and what happens because of grassroots passion and community idealism. We have tremendous enthusiasm for dedicated people willing to do the work to make things happen, holding things together, and making a potent and viable contribution to the literary arts and cultural
community of New Mexico. We would like to hear from others around the state who we may not know, or would like to know better. Please contact us with your own news and events so that we may post the information.