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Official Centennial Poet, Storyteller, Author, & Children's Author

Four New Mexico Centennial Honorary Posts:
Poet, Storyteller, Author, & Children’s Author

The nomination period has ended; submissions will no longer be accepted.

The New Mexico State Library and Centennial planners are accepting nominations for four honorary positions associated with the commemoration of New Mexico’s hundred years of statehood – Poet, Storyteller, Author and Children’s Author.

“The individuals chosen for these honorary positions will highlight the importance of poetry, storytelling and literature to preserving and disseminating the state’s heritage and reading for pleasure,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman. “It is an important and appropriate moment to honor New Mexico writers as we pay tribute to the state’s past, celebrate the present and envision the future.” 

New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912.  The Centennial commemoration will include the full school year of 2011-2012, when libraries statewide will engage children and adults alike in learning about New Mexico’s diverse history.  Said State Librarian Susan Oberlander, “We’re delighted to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize some of our finest home-based writers and storytellers, and share their work with residents and visitors alike in 2011 and 2012.”

Nominations may be submitted by individual New Mexico residents or representatives of organizations in New Mexico and may include self-nominations. The individuals selected will be announced at a ceremony in the fall of 2010.

Selection committees for each honorary position will include individuals knowledgeable about that art form and the body of work produced in New Mexico. Selection committee members are not eligible for the positions.