Mercedez Holtry on teaching kids to express themselves By Patrick Fort • Feb 9, 2016 TweetShareGoogle+Email Mercedez Holtry is a 22-year-old poet from New Mexico. Her writing talks about her identity as a woman and her race. She is currently teaching poetry workshops for youth around the valley ahead of Aspen Words’ Youth Poetry Slam this weekend. Listen Listening... / 10:06 Tags: mercedez holtryaspen wordsTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Aspen Words “slam” brings young writers together By Patrick Fort • Feb 8, 2016 Jane Bachrach For four years now, Aspen Words has been sending poets into local schools to teach kids about the art. That trend of putting poets in schools is continuing this year, with the third annual Youth Poetry Slam. Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate. By Patrick Fort • Jan 11, 2016 Carlos Puma / University of California, Riverside Juan Felipe Herrera is a renowned poet from California. In 2015 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of the United States.