I am a storyteller and my home is New Mexico.
This complex place is my first love and where I was taught about the relationship of land to identity. Each have become common threads in my writing, editing, and curating, which I see as a hybrid creative practice. I have a BAFA in art history from the University of New Mexico and an MA and PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester, where I was a Provost Fellow. I completed my dissertation about land use histories in the Southwest as a Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Fellow, in 2016.
With my academic background, I have learned to look at the world closely, to see how culture manifests in the quotidian and to examine the intersection between trauma and resilience, loss and belonging. I constantly think about what it means to be at and away from home. What are the poetics and politics of space?
I brought those critical inquiries into the undergraduate lectures and seminars I've taught over the past seven years in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of the Americas at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, the University of Buffalo, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I have also served as a consultant with various museums about exhibitions and collections and written several catalog essays, curated shows featuring queer artists and artists of color, as well as worked in publishing as the senior editor of New Mexico Magazine, where I regularly sought writers of color and authentic storytelling.
I continue to write about such topics as land use, gentrification, critical art practices, and food sovereignty. I am a 2017 recipient of a Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for my website Tierra Firme Projects and a 2019 recipient of a Fulcrum Fund.