Priscilla Solis Ybarra (2016)


Priscilla Solis Ybarra

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

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.