2009 Projects

Levi Romero - A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works UNM Press 2009 Southwest Book of the Year.

Book Cover"Levi Romero is a strange kind of wizard. He can walk up a New Mexico arroyo and come back with a mysterious object full of quotidian magic. Like a rusted tobacco can the grand-fathers used to roll their smokes. And when you pry open the lid, you can hear their laughter and gossip coming out. That's what he does in poem after poem. I read his work and I learn again how to love this life."--Luis Alberto Urrea

Through familiar details--leaking faucets and lowriders, chicharrones and chicken coops--Levi Romero remembers familia, comunidad, and tradiciones from his upbringing in northern New Mexico's Embudo Valley. Alongside his training and jobs in the building trades and the architectural profession, and now a teacher, his writing has maintained and nurtured his connection to the unique people and land he knows so well and that have seldom been represented in American poetry.

2009 Southwest Book of the Year, Tucson-Pima County Public Library

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Acequia Culture and Landscapes of New Mexico and Chihuahua - Documentary Field School

A Documentary Summer Field School that was held in collaboration with Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies,  CHMS Water Resources Program, and UNM Taos – Water Institute 

Site Seminar: A field based survey of the Acequia Culture and Systems of New Mexico and Chihuahua. Special attention to the folkways associated with traditional management of land, water, and agriculture. This overview of the ecology, history, ethnography, and sustainable systems of the region is accompanied by training in digital documentary technology, interview techniques, field notes, archiving, analysis, and the ethics of cultural representation. Day trip fieldwork will be conducted in Albuquerque & Carnuel, with extended field trip to Valle de Allende in Chihuahua state. Read More about Acequia Culture and Landscapes of New Mexico and Chihuahua...