Poets living out loud Santa Fe poet laureate Joan Logghe performs at New Mexico’s Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest this weekend. Eleven finalists from high schools statewide take the stage at the New Mexico Museum of Art as they vie to win $200 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the finals. The national champion is awarded $20,000. The New Mexico event is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Art and state art agencies.
The author of five books and the recipient of a National Endowment in Poetry, Logghe has lived in Northern New Mexico since the early 1970s. If the audience is lucky, they will get to hear her poem “Something Like Marriage.” The much celebrated lyric verse treats Logghe’s love-hate relationship with her adopted state.
The Poetry Out Loud state finals take place in the museum’s St. Francis Auditorium (107 W. Palace Ave.) on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 827-6490.