Category Archives: Field Studies Southwest

GUEST POST BY MIRANDA TRIMMIER

      THE LIE OF THE BORDERLANDS  By Miranda Trimmier   The TARS blimp that floats above Fort Huachuca, Arizona looks cartoonish. It might be mimicking a friendly fish or beluga whale. It could be advertising used cars or trailing a wedding proposal. A brother blimp in Marfa is featured on Roadside Attractions, Your […]

GUEST POST BY LOGAN PHILLIPS

      HOW I MINED MARS by Logan Phillips   INTRODUCTION The land that is today called the US-Mexico borderlands has always been rich: in human cultures, in routes, in trades, in minerals. There are stories told of Spanish conquistadores finding silver ingots the size of two fists lying on the open ground in […]

GUEST POST BY KATERINA IVANOV

   I AM NOT A BORDER / NO SOY UNA FRONTERA (an excerpt from the Novena series) by Katerina Ivanov   I. Why does it rain apocalyptic in the desert? We drive to Patagonia at the end of the world: Logan, Miranda, and I. The sky gets cazuela black, black as fat carpenter ants. The […]

GUEST POST BY EMILIO CARRERO

          Searching for Work Emilio Carrero   The only security between me and Mexico was a metal detector machine manned by one guy. I’d made it down to Nogales with my friends to cross the border. I was surprised at how simple it was: I walked to the entry point, water […]

GUEST POST BY LEE ANNE GALLAWAY-MITCHELL

                   Refugium Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell   July 21, 2018 “Refugia can be defined as habitats or environmental factors that, coupled with morphological, life history, and behavioral attributes of animals, reduce the impacts of disturbance (Sedell et al., 1990; Lancaster and Belyea, 1997).”           […]

GUEST POST BY SOPHIA TERAZAWA

    from Cartographies of Insurrection (Letters at the Gate to Hell) Sophia Terazawa   July 2, 2018 Dearest Sunflower, Last night we saw the gate to hell and rows of children along the entrance of America. I thought about a conversation two nights ago with friends in Tucson. We spoke of Asian American mothers […]

FIELD STUDIES SOUTHWEST LAUNCHES

Summer 2018 Field Studies Southwest has launched in Patagonia, Arizona under the leadership of Susan Briante and Paco Cantu. We’ll be working with Borderlands Earth Care Youth and look forward to hearing from this year’s MFA candidates digging in to that work: Emilio Carrero, Sophia Terazawa and Lee Anne Galloway-Mitchell. Stay tuned for their blog posts […]

Field Studies Southwest, guest post from Susan Briante

WRITING IN RELATION: THE SOUTHWEST FIELD STUDIES IN WRITING PROGRAM By Susan Briante   In an article published in Esquire magazine in 1974 poet Muriel Rukeyser recounts her experiences as witness to the dawn of the Spanish Civil War. Towards the article’s conclusion she remembers a conversation she had on a ship fleeing Barcelona. A passenger […]

Field Studies Southwest, guest post from Abby Dockter

  The Thirty-Thousand-Foot View   When I interviewed Richard Collins, retired Southern Arizona rancher, he asked the first question: “What have you read?” Specifically, he wanted to know if I was a Sand County Almanac fan or a Monkey Wrench Gangmember, and where I fell on the Aldo-Leopold-to-Edward-Abbey scale of ideas about wilderness preservation. “I […]

Field Studies Southwest, guest post from Gabriel Dozal

“Patagonia Simulator: A Blog Post” There’s a border arachnid called a vinegaroon.  It looks like a Tarantula mixed with a Scorpion. I asked the students from BECY (Borderlands Earth Care Youth) if they had seen any vinegaroons while doing their work around different Patagonian farms. They said they found four at the community center. And […]