Leeanna T. Torres (2014)

 

Leeanna T. Torres

Lecture Title: “The Wilderness of My Misunderstanding: Field Diaries of an Enchanted Mestiza ”

Leeanna is a native daughter of the Land of Enchantment, NM.  While currently residing in Texas, she remains a meztiza (of mixed Spanish and Indian blood), working and laboring as an environmental professional but always remaining a student of both water and land, agua y tierra.  Her essays have been published in regional magazines such as La Herencia and the University of New Mexico’s Conceptions Southwest and Scribendi.  Through her writing she hopes to speak with and from that sacred sense of place that is inherent in the great Southwest, that intrinsic relationship between people and place - el sagrado, the sacred.  Ms. Torres greatest hope is to speak for the un-represented minority voice, as well as to follow in the footsteps of other naturalists who, masked with the element and discipline we call “science”, not only awaken us to the Mystery in nature, but also to that Mystery beyond nature.