Photos 2023

We are pleased to present this year's ten state finalists from the 2023 New Mexico Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest.

New Mexico Poetry Out Loud is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. It is produced and directed in New Mexico by the state arts agency New Mexico Arts, in accordance with our agreement with the Endowment.


  • Rutendo Musharu: UWC-USA, Montezuma, Teacher - Kate Riberio (STATE CHAMPION)
  • Robin Blakeman: Public Academy for Performing Arts, Albuquerque, Teacher - Aimee Wray (SECOND PLACE)
  • Esther Heerema: Arrowhead Park Early College High School, Las Cruces, Teacher - Kernie Zimmerman
  • Livi Lent-Koop: V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, Teacher - Daniel Schneider
  • Michael Arrellin: Wagon Mound High School, Wagon Mound, Teacher - Julie Book
  • Rawan Lilo: Albuquerque School of Excellence, Albuquerque, Teacher - Ma. Gloria M. King
  • Finley Altman: La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, Teacher - Rosemary Hood

Rutendo Musharu, 2023 New Mexico Poetry Out Loud Champion
Jessica Helen Lopez: Event Coordinator
Michelle Laflamme-Childs: Femcee
Kevin Lenkner, Program Coordinator
Zaphica Jazz Band
Pueblo Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers
Photos by Light Benders Visuals