Artwork of a place values locales, knowing “who you are by knowing where you are” as the poet Wendell Berry once wrote.

Our mission is to engage readers, writers, and poetry enthusiasts in a deeper understanding of the connections between people, the environment, and the cultural landscapes of New Mexico. Through this newsletter, we aim to share the works of renowned and emerging poets, offer insights into the themes and issues that shape place-based poetry, offer writing exercises, and foster a vibrant community of literary and environmental enthusiasts.

Place-based poetry and art has the ability to create timeless moments, express individual experiences in a universal way, and to craft a sense of communal identity. In an age where environmental concerns are increasingly urgent, place-based poetry plays a crucial role in fostering a deeper connection to the land and raising awareness about the ecological issues that affect our communities. By capturing the essence of a specific locale, these poems remind us of the intricate relationships between people, nature, history, and culture. They invite us to reflect on our shared responsibility to protect the environment and the delicate balance of ecosystems around us.

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Join us as we journey through the landscapes of place-based poetry and discover the beauty, wisdom, and urgency that lies within these verses. We hope that this exploration will inspire you to engage more deeply with the environment, foster greater appreciation for the natural and built world, and ignite a passion for poetry that transcends boundaries.

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Amaris Ketcham

Amaris occupies her time with open space, white space, CMYK, flash nonfiction, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously.