Laura Paskus (2019)

Laura paskus - 2019

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Laura Paskus has been writing about environment issues in New Mexico since 2002, when she began her journalism career at High Country News. Over the past 17 years, she's reported for magazines, newspapers, radio and public television. A former archaeologist and tribal consultant, she currently works for New Mexico Political Report, hosts a monthly show on New Mexico PBS, "Our Land: New Mexico's Environmental Past, Present and Future" and is a graduate student in the University of New Mexico's Geography and Environmental Studies Department. This year, she's finishing up a book for the University of New Mexico Press, "At the Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate." She's also mom to a 13-year old daughter, and a fan of feisty cattledogs. 


Matt Jones (2018)


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Matt Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. His writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Atlantic, Post Road, The Journal, Ruminate, and various other publications. He has received support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center.



Laura Pritchett (2018)

Laura Pritchett - 2018

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Laura Pritchett is the author /editor of nine books. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered other awards. She’s the editor of three anthologies and has two nonfiction books, Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Field Guide to Your Impending Last Breath. She’s also involved with environmental issues, and is the editor of three anthologies about conservation: Pulse of the River, Home Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Sun, Salon, High Country News, The Millions, Publisher’s Weekly, The Normal School, and many others. Her first play, Dirt: A Terra Nova Expedition, will be produced at Bas Bleu theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring. You can find out more at her website

Matt Barnes (2018)


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Matt Barnes is an applied ecologist and conservationist, as well as writer, photographer, and driver’s-seat philosopher, exploring the American West in his truck camper, in search of the center of the world. His work has focused on leading-edge rangeland stewardship, especially resolving the long-standing debate over rotational grazing. He organized and edited the recent special issue of Rangelands that re-examined grazing management in the context of complex creative systems. He works with landowners and managers to improve rangeland stewardship, and to coexist with large carnivores such as grizzly bears and wolves. Matt ran a holistically managed custom grazing operation in western Colorado, served as President of the Colorado Section Society for Range Management, and served as a rangeland management specialist, prescribed fire manager, and bear technician for several government agencies. He holds an MS in Range Science from Utah State University and a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona.

Lecture Title: "Livestock Grazing in Harmony with Land, Wolves, and Grizzly Bears"

Lecture Flyer : 2018 Resident Matthew Barnes

Andrea Clearfield (2017)


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Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensembles, dance, film and multi-media collaborations. Holder of a D.M.A. from Temple University, Clearfield has composed more than 150 performed works, and founded the renowned music Salon in Philadelphia.

Lecture Title: "Transformed by Fire: A Musical/Poetic Collaboration"

Lecture Flyer: 2017 Resident Andrea Clearfield

Ben Goldfarb (2017)


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Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist whose writing has appeared in High Country News, Orion Magazine, Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, and many other publications. In 2016, he served as editor of “Small Towns, Big Change,” a collaboration between seven newsrooms, including the Taos News, to report on solutions to social and environmental challenges in northern New Mexico. This lecture is drawn from his forthcoming book on beaver restoration (Chelsea Green Publishing, spring 2018).

Lecture Title: "Restoring Beavers, Healing Landscapes"

Lecture Flyer: 2017 Resident Ben Goldfarb

Ariana Kramer (2017)


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Ariana Kramer, a Taos native, is an emerging poet whose poems are inspired by a deep interest in nature and ecological awareness. She has been published in The Poetry Box, among other publications. A masters graduate of Portland State, she writes a regular music column for The Taos News’ Tempo magazine.

Lecture Title: "Transformed by Fire: A Musical/Poetic Collaboration"

Lecture Flyer: 2017 Resident Ariana Kramer

Priscilla Solis Ybarra (2016)


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Priscilla Solis Ybarra is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Texas, specializing in Chicana/o Literature and Theory as well as Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism.  Her book Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment was published in March 2016 by the University of Arizona Press. It is the first study to engage a long-range environmental literary history of Chicana/o writing. Dr. Ybarra's essay, "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth-Century Novels and the Lost Archive of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge," is in the collection Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century. Among other essays, Dr. Ybarra published an article in the June 2009 issue of the journal MELUS titled "Borderlands as Bioregion: Jovita González, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the Twentieth Century Ecological Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley." Dr. Ybarra's most recent invited public appearance took place at Point Reyes Station, California in March 2015. There she joined leading environmental writers for the event "Mapping a New Geography of Hope: Women and the Land." Other invited lectures include visits to Utah Valley University, Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Nevada, Reno. International invited academic engagements include Stockholm, Sweden (September 2015), Bucharest, Romania (May 2012), Japan (Summer 2010), and Edinburgh, UK (November 2009). Dr. Ybarra has also presented talks at various national and international conferences, including the Modern Language Association, American Studies Association, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Western Literature Association, Congreso Internacional de Literatura Chicana, and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. She has taught courses for the Departments of English at Texas Tech University, Rice University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and for American Studies at Yale University.  She currently teaches courses on Chicana/o Literature and environmental literary studies at the University of North Texas. She also serves on the board of directors for Orion Magazine.

Lecture Title: “The Leopolds in the Light of the Lunas and Oteros: Latina/o Legacies in American Environmentalism”

Lecture Flyer:  2016 Resident Priscilla Solis Ybarra

Andrew Gulliford (2016)


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Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. He is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. He edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. His most recent book Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology won the 2014 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in the category of nature/environment and Best Book on Arizona. Outdoors in the Southwest also won the Colorado Book Award for best anthology. He writes columns about the west for the Durango Herald, Utah Adventure Journal, New Mexico WILD! and High Country News. Gulliford has had led tours across the West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Great Old Broads for Wilderness, History Colorado and the San Juan Mountains Association. Dr. Gulliford has received the National Individual Volunteer Award from the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness education, and a certificate of recognition from the Secretary of Agriculture for “outstanding contributions to America’s natural and cultural resources.” For a decade he held a federal appointment to the Southwest Colorado Resources Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management.

Lecture Title: “Understanding Sheepherding, Sheep Men, and Their Impacts on the Land”

Lecture Flyer:  2016 Resident Andrew Gulliford

Maya Kapoor (2017)

Maya Kapoor - 2017

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Maya L. Kapoor graduated in 2015 with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. While enrolled at the UA, Maya became founding president of Many Voices, a student club dedicated to supporting the social and professional needs of creative writing students of color. Maya worked in field biology and environmental education for more than a decade and holds a master's in biology from Arizona State University. These days, Maya lives in Tucson where she works in science communications and in fostering intersections between the arts and environmental research. Maya's writing is published or forthcoming in An Essay Daily Reader (Coffee House Press); The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide(University of Arizona Press); ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Edible Baja Arizona; and As writer-in-residence, Maya will work on a collection of essays about nature in the urbanizing West, focusing on the uncharismatic or under-appreciated species existing in the marginal spaces where city and desert blur together.

Gavin Van Horn (2015)

Gavin Van Horn - 2015

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Gavin Van Horn is the Director of Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature (, an organization dedicated to exploring and promoting moral and civic responsibilities to human communities and the natural world. Gavin received his doctorate from the University of Florida, with a specialization in Religion and Nature. He is the co-editor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Relative Wild: Common Grounds for Conservation (University of Chicago Press, in progress). As a writer-in-residence, Gavin will be working on a new book of creative nonfiction, The Channel Coyotes, which highlights various urban animals and the ways in which they can be portals to understanding and caring for place.

Lecture Title: “Writing the Urban Wild”

Lecture Flyer:  2015 Resident Gavin Van Horn

Tovar Cerulli (2015)

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A vegan-turned-hunter, Tovar believes deeply in the importance of respecting ecological systems and our fellow creatures. As a consultant and educator, he is devoted to fostering insight and building conservation alliances in which diverse views are valued. Tovar is author of The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. His writing has been published in High Country NewsOutdoor AmericaUtne Reader,and Northern Woodlands, among others. A doctoral candidate in communication at UMass-Amherst, he is currently researching Ojibwe and Euro-American hunters’ ways of talking about wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

Lecture Title: “Listening Across Divides”

Lecture Flyer:  2015 Resident Tovar Cerulli

Bonnie L. Harper-Lore (2014)


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Lecture Title: “One Garden at a Time”

Bonnie’s interest in protecting native plants started with her first wildflower garden at age 12. Following her graduate work in restoration and management at the University of Wisconsin, she taught ecological principles at the University of Minnesota and established the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (DOT) native wildflower program. That program led her to the Federal Highway Administration as a program manager in 1993. For 17 years she taught all 50 state DOTs how to use native plants and control invasive plants through practical and affordable applied science methods. She reached across rights-of-way fences to collaborate with other federal departments and agencies, states, tribes and counties to slow the spread of invasive plants across the United States. Her interest in teaching continues with a Continuing Education course for the use of native plants by homeowners. Bonnie now has a chance to connect the public to Leopold’s land ethic at a personal level.


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.


Dr. Paul Bogard (2013)


Dr. Paul Bogard

Paul Bogard is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown, 2013) and editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark (U of Nevada Press, 2008).  A native Minnesotan, Paul has lived and taught in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin, and Winston-Salem.  He is now an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Paul's interest in Aldo Leopold goes way back to his days at Carleton College, and continues into his current work on the value of darkness for life on earth.  Please contact Paul at  

Dr. John Hausdoerffer (2013)


Dr. John Hausdoerffer

Lecture Title: “The Art of Environmental Ethics: George Catlin, Aldo Leopold & the Aesthetics of Justice”

John Hausdoerffer is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies & Philosophy at Western State Colorado University, where he also directs the Master in Environmental Management Program and the Headwaters Project. His research focuses on the intersection of environmental ethics and social justice. John's first book Catlin's Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2009. His new research project investigates the relevance of Aldo Leopold's land ethic for 21st century global justice movements.


Courtney White (2012)


Courtney White

Lecture Title: “The Land Ethic in the 21st Century: a View from Aldo & Estella Leopold’s ‘Mi Casita’ in Tres Piedras”

Courtney White was the inaugural year’s program resident. A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, Courtney voluntarily dropped out of the `conflict industry in 1997 to co-found The Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, public land managers, scientists and others. His writing has been published in numerous magazines as well as having his The Carbon Pilgrim blog. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico