Off the bench: An evening of poetry with a state district judge

Posted: April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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State District Judge Raymond Ortiz is also a poet and author. (File photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican)

First Judicial District Judge Raymond Ortiz will be one of two guests of honor on April 25 at the Collected Works Bookstore when he will be reading from his book: We had more to say: poems from the pilgrimage road.

Ortiz, a Santa Fe native, is a longtime writer and has been on the bench at District Court since 2005. This is bio on the back cover of his book, published by Sunstone Press:

A native of Santa Fe with deep roots in Northern New Mexico, where his family and ancestors have lived for over four centuries, Ortiz was first inspired by poetry as a child listening to his grandfather recite poems in the shade of a willow tree. Ortiz received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, then lived in Costa Rica while volunteering as asocial worker. He continued his formal education at the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he received his JD. After over twenty years of law practice in Santa Fe in late 2005, he was appointed district court judge. The pre-dawn hour often finds him at a small table in a dark part of the house, writing out poems in longhand by candlelight.

The event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St., in Santa Fe.

Here is a link to an article about the judge published in 2008 and written by Ana Maria Truillo:

  1. sandra says:

    Aw. Sweet. Too bad you wife has ruined lives.

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