114 color photos, 3 duotones


A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland
By Spencer R. HerreraLevi Romero
Photographs by Robert Kaiser



Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

Winner of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Multicultural Subject

2014 Southwest Books of the Year

2015 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction, Multi-Author

Un lugar sagrado
, a sacred place where two or more are gathered in the name of community, can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, a curandero’s shrine in South Texas, or at a binational Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.

Contributor Bios
Robert Kaiser is a freelance photographer in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Levi Romero is a native of Embudo, New Mexico. He is the author of two collections of poetry, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works (2008) and In the Gathering of Silence (1996). He was awarded the honorary post of New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate in 2012. Levi Romero’s cultural studies work focuses on cultural landscapes and sustainable building methodologies of northern New Mexico. His work is often presented through an interdisciplinary studies format that includes literary presentation, lecture, video/audio. He teaches in the Chicana and Chicano Studies program at the University of New Mexico.
Spencer R. Herrera is an associate professor of Spanish at New Mexico State University.