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SOUTHWEST FIELD STUDIES 2020 In 1993, a woman from Sarajevo told American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag how she had dismissed, from the comfort of her own home, the imminent arrival of the Yugoslav Wars and the coming siege of her city. “In October 1991 I was here in my nice apartment in peaceful Sarajevo […]


      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 […]


   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 […]


          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 […]


    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, 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 […]

Introducing: Field Studies Southwest & guest post by Raquel Gutierrez

  FIELD STUDIES SOUTHWEST The University of Arizona Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the pilot project for its Field Studies in Writing Southwest Program made possible with support from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program Environment and Social Justice and under the leadership of Alison Hawthorne Deming, Haury Chair and Regents’ Professor. Like our […]