27 Mar 2022 / 15 Oct 2021

Billboard Project: Poetic Justice

The POETIC JUSTICE BILLBOARD PROJECT is a collaboration between SITE Santa Fe, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and poets Hakim Bellamy, Levi Romero, and Edie Tsong. The collaboration was developed from a shared interest in displaying poetry in public spaces and the desire to cultivate and strengthen collaborative relationships between museums, artists, and poets.

El proyecto POETIC JUSTICE BILLBOARD PROJECT es una colaboración entre SITE Santa Fe, el Museo de Arte de Nuevo México y los poetas Hakim Bellamy, Levi Romero y Edie Tsong. La colaboración se desarrolló a partir de un interés común en la exhibición de poesía en los espacios públicos y el deseo de cultivar y fortalecer las relaciones colaborativas entre los museos, los artistas y los poetas.

Hakim Bellamy reads Build Your Own Bouquet 


Levi Romero reads Carlos, Prieto, and Ramiro Come to Hoe the Milpa


Edie Tsong reads How I Became Miss America



About the Poets

Edie Tsong
How I Became Miss America

Edie Tsong (Taiwanese American) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her collaborations Snow Poems and Love Letter to the World invite the personal narratives of participants to transform public spaces into intimate ones. Tsong has exhibited internationally and is represented in public and private collections including the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. Tsong is a VONA alum and the regional chair of Kundiman SW for Asian American writers. She lives and works in northern New Mexico with her daughter. edietsong.com, snowpoemsproject.com

Levi Romero
Carlos, Prieto, and Ramiro Come to Hoe the Milpa

Levi Romero was selected as the inaugural New Mexico Poet Laureate in 2020 and New Mexico Centennial Poet in 2012. His most recent book is the co-edited anthology, Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland. His two collections of poetry are A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works and In the Gathering of Silence. He is co-author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland. He is an Associate Professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico. Romero is from the Embudo Valley of northern New Mexico.

Hakim Bellamy
Build Your Own Bouquet 

Currently serves as the Deputy Director of the City of Albuquerque Department of Arts & Culture, and was the Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Albuquerque (2012-2014). Bellamy is a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. In 2012 he published his first collection of poetry, SWEAR (West End Press/University of New Mexico Press), and it landed him the Working-Class Studies Tillie Olsen Award for Literature in 2012. His latest collection Commissions y Corridos is his seventh book and was also published by University of New Mexico Press in August of 2021. With an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico (UNM), Bellamy has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Bellamy has shared his work in no less than five countries, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama XXIV and continues to use his art to change his communities. www.beyondpoetryink.com

Accompanying Programs

Permission to Travel: Poetry inspired by Helen Pashgian’s work
Sun, Feb 27, 2022 5pm

In celebration of artist Helen Pashgian, writers from Kundiman Southwest respond to and engage the sensory ‘presences’; that the installations evoke in this reading of their works in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. Seating limited to 50 attendees.

Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. In this intersection of the literary and the visual, we are given ‘permission to travel.’ Poets include Dara Elerath, Anushah Jiwani, Elizabeth Lee, Jane Lin, and Edie Tsong.

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About the Collaboration

The POETIC JUSTICE BILLBOARD PROJECT coincides with an exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art of the same title, Poetic Justice. The exhibition features the work of Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. As part of the exhibition, Hakim Bellamy, Levi Romero, and Edie Tsong were invited to create new works exploring the intersections of poetry and visual art. Their three newly commissioned poems—Build Your Own Bouquet (Bellamy), Carlos, Prieto, and Ramiro Come to Hoe the Milpa (Romero), How I Became Miss America (Tsong)—were the inspiration for the collaboration with SITE Santa Fe. For the project, the poets were invited to co-author a “poetic triptych” by selecting verses from the newly commissioned poems and arranging them to create something new.

El proyecto POETIC JUSTICE BILLBOARD PROJECT coincide con una exposición en el Museo de Arte de Nuevo México del mismo título, Poetic Justice. La exposición presenta la obra de Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard y Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Como parte de la exposición, Hakim Bellamy, Levi Romero y Edie Tsong fueron invitados a crear nuevas obras que exploran las intersecciones de la poesía y el arte visual. Sus tres poemas recién comisionados -Build Your Own Bouquet (Bellamy), Carlos, Prieto and Ramiro Come to Hoe the Milpa (Romero), How I Became Miss America (Tsong)- fueron la inspiración para la colaboración con SITE Santa Fe. Para el proyecto, se invitó a los poetas a ser coautores de un “tríptico poético” seleccionando versos de los poemas recién comisionados y arreglándolos para crear algo nuevo.

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About SITE Santa Fe's Billboard Project

SITE Santa Fe’s Billboard Project began in 2017 with the opening of our new building. Bridging the gap between the museum and the public, the Billboard Project introduces art into public space and raises community engagement.

El proyecto Billboard Project de SITE Santa Fe comenzó en 2017 con la inauguración de nuestro nuevo edificio. Tendiendo un puente entre el museo y el público, el proyecto Billboard Project presenta el arte en un espacio público y eleva la participación comunitaria.