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Albuquerque names Harvard grad Michelle Otero poet laureate

July 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico-raised Mexican-American writer has been named Albuquerque’s poet laureate.

The city of Albuquerque recently announced that Michelle Otero will be Albuquerque’s fourth poet laureate and will serve two years.

The Deming High School product holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard University and a Master’s in Fine Arts Creative Writing from Vermont College. Otero has written about women’s issues and the lives of Latinos living along the U.S.-Mexico border.

She has worked with writers of color at various writing retreats and lives in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

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