"There are borders other than those between countries, borders between man and woman, sanity and madness, living and dead. These borders shift.”
Vessels dwells in the borderlands. From this place, Michelle Otero turns to the seven directions and calls on Coyolxauhqui, Malinche, and her ancestors to answer the question, How do we put ourselves back together? Through memory, ceremonia, and testimonio, Vessels guides the reader through the long shadows of war, trauma, and death, lighting the way with the promise of wholeness and healing.
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University of New Mexico Press
winner of a 2021 Southwest Book Award by the Border Regional Library Association
"Michelle Otero's Bosque is profoundly New Mexican, as vast as our desert and deep as our canyons. These poems hold us in their arms and draw us into the poet's multicultural multilingual heart."
—Margaret Randall, I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary and My Life in 100 Objects.
Nestled in the heart of Albuquerque is a vibrant cottonwood forest that has flourished for centuries along the Río Grande—providing a home for porcupines, migratory birds, coyotes, and other wildlife as well as a sanctuary for its city residents. Today, in the midst of climate change and the slow drying of the river, the bosque struggles to remain vibrant. As a former Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero champions this beloved Albuquerque treasure. In her debut poetry collection, Bosque, she celebrates the importance of water and the bosque to the people of Albuquerque. Otero shares her reflections on the high desert—where she is rooted, where she draws her strength, and where she has flourished—and she invites readers to do the same.
Monthly radio show hosted by Santa Fe Community Foundation Philanthropy HUB Coordinator, Yolanda Cruz
Michelle and Yolanda discuss relationship and mindfulness.
Aired Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – 6:00pm MDT
Santa Fe Community Foundation and KSFR
The South Shore Review is published quarterly in Shelburne, Novia Scotia and features artists across Canada as well as from all around the world.
An essay reflecting on Albuquerque's Race, History and Healing Project in the Prospanica Center for Social Justice newsletter
Dos Gatos Press, 2020
edited by Michelle Otero, David Meischen, Scott Wiggerman
winner of a New Mexico -Arizona Book Award
The poems in this collection were read August 29, 2019, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The event, curated by Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero, was dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in El Paso on August 3, 2019.
This virtual event is part of Albuquerque's Birthday Celebration. For more info go to https://www.cabq.gov/.../albuquerques-birthday-celebration