Santa Fe New Mexican


Who’s Who And Who’s Here

Michelle Otero is the author of Vessels: A Memoir of Borders, the poetry collection Bosque, and the essay collection Malinche’s Daughter. She served as Albuquerque’s poet laureate from 2018 to 2020 and co-edited the forthcoming New Mexico Poetry Anthology 2023 and 22 Poems & a Prayer for El Paso, a tribute to victims of the 2019 El Paso shooting and winner of a New Mexico–Arizona Book Award. A coach, communitybased artist, and racial healing practitioner, she is the founder of ArteSana Creative Consulting, dedicated to creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. Originally from Deming, New Mexico, Otero holds a BA in history from Harvard College and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College. She is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.