Poetry Contest | New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Poetry Contest

Are you inspired by the art and culture of New Mexico?

Let the artwork on display around the state serve as your guide for our poetry contest! The 10 pieces of art below, each on display at a different institution operated by New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, range from photographs of life in early New Mexico statehood to cosmic depictions of the vast universe. Each piece of art on display contributes to artistic and cultural heritage of New Mexico in its own way. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we invite all New Mexicans to seek inspiration in the works of art on display below and express that feeling through ekphrastic poetry, or poetry inspired by works of art.

Congratulations to our 2024 Winners!

This year's contest included more than 100 submissions. The contest judge, and our State Poet Laureat, Lauren Camp was blown away by the thoughtful creativity. Click the images of each artwork to read the poems of the winners. 

Youth Category

Winner: "Untitled" by Diego Viscarra | Inspired by Age of Dinosaurs

Winner: "Bobo bu Ko" by Abram Baldillez | Inspired by BoBo bu Ko Robotic Assemblage

Winner: "A Letter to My Space Man" by Marley Launer | Inspired by Lumen Space II

Winner: "The Sky Doesn't Leave When It Rains" by Amelia Martinez | Inspired by Pablita Passes (Walking Rain)

Winner: "Cracked Ice" by Isabella Lobaina | Inspired by Water Girls

Honorable Mention: "A Million Little Tears" by Jenna Chavez | Inspired by Pablita Passes (Walking Rain)

 

Adult Category

Winner: "Walk With Me" by Susan Gatewood | Inspired by Age of Dinosaurs

Winner: "His Garden of Peace" by Terry Mulert | Inspired by Band of Familiar

Winner: "Budding Life" by Alison Penn | Inspired by Blessing of the Fields

Winner: "Grandpa" by Erica Photiades | Inspired by BoBo bu Ko Robotic Assemblage

Winner: "Awakening" by Tammy Iralu | Inspired by Children playing on swing, Jemez Pueblo School, New Mexico

Winner: "Lumen Space II" by Rebecca Anderson | Inspired by Lumen Space II

Winner: "Pablita Passes" by Andrea Watson | Inspired by Pablita Passes (Walking Rain)

Winner: "Mesilla Joyride" by Kristin Knight | Inspired by The Mesilla Guard

Winner: "Sing Out" by Alison Ely | Inspired by Untitled (Tree of Life)

Winner: "Water Girls" by Shauna Osborn | Inspired by Water Girls

Honorable Mention: "Untitled" by Jodi Creager | Inspired by Blessing of the Fields

Honorable Mention: "Age of Dragons" by Taylor Smith | Inspired by Age of Dinosaurs

Honorable Mention: "Holding On" by Thelma Giomi| Inspired by Children playing on swing, Jemez Pueblo School, New Mexico

Honorable Mention: "Untitled (Tree of Life) by Candice Yanez | Inspired by Untitled (Tree of Life)

Rules

  • Contest runs now through March 31, 2024. Winners will be announced on April 22, 2024. 
  • Upload your poem by clicking the "submit" button below. Please respect our limit of one poetry submission per person.
  • Only complete submission forms will be judged. 
  • Contest open to all New Mexico residents. 
  • The contest will feature two tracks: Youth (6th to 12th Grade) and Adult. Please select your category when you submit your poem.
  • Submissions will be judged anonymously by New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp and a panel of experts.
  • One Adult winner and one Youth winner for each of the 10 works of art will be selected. Each winner will receive a pair of New Mexico CulturePasses and other fun surprises!


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