A Literary Inventory of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Corbett Ballroom East)

Date(s) - Friday
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Session Chair:  Eric Magrane

A Literary Inventory of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is a public geohumanities project that has gathered contributors from both NMSU and the broader community to create poetry and prose addressed to species who live in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). With more than fifty contributors, the project develops a multivocal interpretation of the natural and cultural environment of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks. The first phase of the project culminated with a public reading featuring fifteen of the contributors at Dripping Springs Natural Area in May 2019. The second phase of the project will include a public reading featuring a dozen of the contributors at Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science on November 16. This will coincide with the launch of a special issue of the digital humanities journal Spiral Orb that features the inventory. For the NMSU Research and Creativity Week, the creator of A Literary Inventory of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Dr. Eric Magrane, NMSU assistant professor of geography, will introduce the project; then, NMSU contributors to the project, including faculty, staff, and students, will read their poems or prose contributions to the inventory.

Eric Magrane Introduction
Erin Renee Wahl Fourwing saltbush
Carol L Campbell Curve-billed thrasher
Lamaia Vaughn Gordon’s bladder pod
Allison Layfield Organ Mountain figwort
Tyler Julian Desert willow
Nancy Hastings Mule deer
David Irvin Black-throated sparrow
Kerry Banazek Organ Mountain talussnail
Spencer Herrera Mountain lion
Rodrigo Figueroa Obregon Brazilian free-tailed bat
Lauren Goldstein Madrean alligator lizard