Poetry Matters: A Collaboration Between New Mexico CultureNet and Santa Fe Community College

In 2012, New Mexico CultureNet, the educational nonprofit organization that I founded in 1997, collaborated with the Video Services Department at Santa Fe Community College (Doreen Gallegos, Director) to videotape New Mexico poets reading and performing their work. Most of these videos are available on Youtube by searching “New Mexico CultureNet.” The objective of this project was to provide readings by a culturally diverse group of  poets for students, teachers and lovers of poetry to enjoy and be inspired by.


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Poet Jasmine Sena Cuffe

New Mexico CultureNet’s Poets-in-the-Schools Program

For years, New Mexico CultureNet sponsored poets to work in public middle schools and high schools. The poets we hired were dynamic and diverse and inspiring. Below is a performances by the luminous Jasmine Sena Cuffe. You can find many more on Youtube by searching, “New Mexico CultureNet.”

Since 1997,  Poets-in-the-Schools have reached thousands of students, teachers and community members throughout New Mexico. The goals of the program are to promote literacy, student self-confidence and tolerance of people “other” than oneself. Another goal is to support teachers. Our poets have worked in schools and with agencies in pretty much every corner of New Mexico:

Alameda Middle School, Santa Fe, Albuquerque High School, Bernalillo Middle School, Capital High School, Santa Fe, Capshaw Middle School, Santa Fe, Carlos Vigil Middle School, Española, Center for the Study & Education of Diverse Populations, NMHU, Chaparral High School, De Vargas Middle School, Santa Fe, Des Moines High School, Eldorado Middle School, Futures for Children, Girl Scouts, Grants High School, Kirkland Middle School, Farmington, Lovington Junior High School, Lovington High School, Los Lunas Middle School, New Mexico Children, Families & Youth, NM Higher Education Department, NM Suicide Intervention Program, Ortiz Middle School, Santa Fe, Pecos Middle School, Pojoaque Middle School, Pojoaque Valley High School, Ratón High School, Santa Fe High School, Soccoro Middle School, Tse Bit’Ai Middle School, Shiprock, University of New Mexico Creative Writing Program, and Upward Bound.

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