Mimbres Press of Western New Mexico University is dedicated to advancing the university’s mission through the publication of works with lasting value that reflect the intellectual, creative, historical, natural, and cultural heritage of the southwest region and state of New Mexico, as well as selective works of national and global significance.
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Erin Bouquin , a Family Medicine physician, has enjoyed a varied career from Assistant Editor of Lange Medical Publications to Chief Medical Officer of New Mexico Department of Health to Staff Physician for Community Health Centers, Hospice, Los Alamos National Laboratory to Researcher to Medical Educator. Her stellar career has resulted in numerous publications and professional presentations focusing on public health advocacy.
As a strong champion for social justice she gives voice to under represented groups including years of service to Con Alma Health Foundation, the Border Health Commission for the US Department of Health and Human Services and a Consumer Advocate, United States Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Program to facilitate prototypes, clinical studies and technology transfer to develop advanced breast cancer screenings. Dr. Bouquin raised her family in New Mexico and has recently returned as an Associate Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community medicine focusing on rural health care.
Her wealth of experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher bring a well rounded perspective to the integration of public health and academia with the ability to connect to people of many walks of life.
Rus Bradburd is the author of four books including All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed, an examination of gun violence in Chicago; the novel-in-stories Make It, Take It; Forty Minutes of Hell; and the memoir Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops. His short stories and essays have appeared in journals and newspapers including Southern Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The El Paso Times, and New Mexico Magazine.
After coaching fourteen seasons at UTEP and New Mexico State, Bradburd walked away from college basketball. He is the founder and director of “Basketball in the Barrio,” a free summer program in El Paso’s poorest neighborhood. His program inspired an award-winning documentary film, was featured nationally on NPR’s weekend edition, and won the 2008 NMSU “Social Justice Award.”
Bradburd teaches writing classes in New Mexico State University’s MFA program.
Nina Burleigh is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of seven lively, acclaimed works of creative nonfiction. As a political and investigative journalist, Burleigh has reported from almost every state in the U.S. , covered the White House and Congress in Washington, D.C., and conducted extensive investigative projects in Israel, Italy and France. She has published hundreds of works of journalism, essays and book reviews, on a wide array of topics, including culture, politics, gender, science, and the environment.
Several of her magazine articles were made into dramatic productions. She has worked in television intermittently throughout her career, most recently on a documentary for NRK, Norwegian state broadcaster, investigating ties between Norway’s oil company and the U.S. fracking industry. She has appeared in numerous documentaries, including most recently, Active Measures, about Trump and Putin; and on many programs including Good Morning America, Nightline, The Today Show, 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNN and C-Span, on NPR and various podcasts.
Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Slate and Bustle. Her recent U.S. political coverage includes 24 cover articles at Newsweek on Trump and Women, Trump as a tool of the New York billionaires, Trump and Evangelicals, Trump and the Law, Facebook and political big data mining, the #metoo movement, the melting of Antarctica, sea level rise in Florida, asteroid defense schemes and other current events. A fellow of the Explorers Club, she has covered stories on six continents. She has published works about the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Amazon, where she wrote an essay about women, nature, and the human culture along the Amazon River in Peru and ayahuasca culture in Iquitos, posh Lagos, racism and rhino poaching in South Africa.
Nina was born and educated in the Midwest, has a Masters in English from the University of Chicago, and has been based in Washington, D.C., New York, and Paris. She has lectured around the U.S., in Italy and Mexico, was a universitetlektor at Agder University in Norway, an adjunct at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is currently adjunct professor at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. She was writer in residence at the Siena Art Institute and a fellow at La Maison Dora Maar in Menerbes, France. According to Google Scholar her work has been cited in hundreds of scholarly publications.
James McGrath Morris is a biographer and writer of narrative non-fiction. His books include The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and A Friendship Made and Lost in War; the New York Times bestseller Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism; and Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars.
His many awards include the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year award, and the BIO Award, given to a writer who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the art and craft of biography.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he spent a decade as a journalist; a decade working in the book and magazine business; and a decade as a high school teacher. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Peter Riva has specialized in international idea and intellectual property brokerage since 1972, catering to multi-national, multi-lingual, licensing, and rights’ representation of authors, major aviation projects, and media companies (literary) as well as producing over 78 hours of primetime award-winning television and other media. He has been responsible for several international historic events; the memorabilia of which are on permanent display in national institutions in America, Germany, and France as well as touring internationally. In 1990, Peter originated and co-negotiated the 1st global environmental treaty between the USSR and the USA at the UN headquarters in New York.
Born and raised in New York City, London, Italy, and Switzerland, he now lives in southwest New Mexico.
- Kait Phistry is pursuing her degree in Graphic Design and is in her 2nd year of classes. After she graduates, she plans on becoming a freelance UX/UI designer. She spent her formative years in the Bay Area, and has been very influenced by the punk scene, local zines, art books, manga, and street art. She enjoys roller skating, hiking and cooking with her friends in her free time
Stella Pope Duarte Acclaimed author, activist and educator Stella Pope Duarte has been described as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart.” She has won honors and awards
nationwide, including a 2009 American Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, the Southwest Book of the Year Award, and a Book Sense 76 Selection.
She is a descendant of Irish and Mexican American parents, and was born and raised in the Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix. Inspired to write by a prophetic dream of her
father, she believes that writing, like love, begins within, or it doesn’t start at all. Her most recent work is Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power, which won the “Best Biography in English,” at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles.
Pope Duarte teaches creative writing at colleges and community centers, and is a frequent speaker and keynote presenter at writing conferences nationwide.
Sharman Apt Russell is Professor Emerita at Western New Mexico University. She has written a dozen books translated into nine languages. Among her non-fiction works are Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World; Hunger: An Unnatural History, which was written with the help of a Rockefeller Fellowship; and her most recent book, Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It. The latter two works combine her longtime interest in hunger and the environment.
She is also the author of three novels, including the YA Teresa of the New World and the science fiction Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Her essays have been published in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies.
Apt Russell’s awards include the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Henry Joseph Jackson Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She lives in the Gila Valley.
Kathryn G. Tone is a writer, former teacher, and the author of the novel, The King’s Broad Arrow.
She has a B.A in Journalism from Penn State University and an M.A in International Relations from Boston University. Kathryn has worked for the U.S. Army, U.S. State Department and the Military Child Education Coalition.
An ex-pat for most of her adult life, Kathryn has lived and traveled all over the world. Among the favorite places she has lived are Bavaria, Moscow, and Wiesbaden, Germany. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Marvel Harrison brings a breadth of experiences to Mimbres Press besides her enthusiasm to support WNMU in this new challenge. As the Publishing Director she will champion the development of the press to represent WNMU as the newest university press in the nation and emphasize the need for scholarly publishing identified as a public good, as an infrastructure of ideas.
With a PhD in Counseling Psychology, MS in Human Nutrition, BS in Consumer Economics and secondary teaching certificate she offers a breadth of diversity in the public health and education arenas. She has taught college courses, consulted and led training programs in all fifty states and internationally, owned and led an array of successful small businesses including an independent press as well as co-authored several books with multiple publishing houses.
As a ship Psychologist Marvel has circumnavigated the globe numerous voyages with Semester At Sea, a global comparative study program for undergraduates. Her current work as a Master Trainer for QPR focuses on Suicide Intervention, with specific concern for rural America. She has served on many boards strongly advocating for the well-being and education for families including the NM Governor’s Task Force for Public Health, NM School Nurse Advisory Council, and NM NewBorn Program. Marvel relishes outdoor adventure whether hiking, biking or skiing trails or boogie boarding and long beach walks.
- Jared Kuritz is the Managing Director of Mimbres Press and also oversees book marketing efforts. For more than 20 years as a Managing Partner with STRATEGIES Public Relations, he has worked with domestic and international authors and publishers on literary and publishing development, business modeling, and public relations and marketing. Jared is also the Director of the La Jolla Writers Conference—an annual, three-day immersion that educates attendees about the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing. Jared is also the Founder and Director of the Kops-Fetherling Books Awards. A regular contributor to IBPA, BEA, Tucson Festival of Books, and more, Jared enjoys sharing his expertise with members of the writing and publishing community.
- Kate Oubre is the WNMU Liaison for the Mimbres Press. For more than 25 years, she has taught American literature to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Over the past decade, she has been a proud WNMU faculty member and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at WNMU. The textbook that Kate co-authored with her colleague, Dr. Phillip Schoenberg, Our Search for Meaning, was published by Mimbres Press
- Sonya Peña provides administrative support for the Mimbres Press in her role as Executive Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at WNMU
Marian Valle is the Graduate Assistant of Mimbres Press in charge of managing Mimbres Press social media and publicity activities. As a member of Mimbres Press team, Marian believes that she can assist in promoting press publications as well as WNMU.
As an international student from Mexico, she earned her BBA degree at Western New Mexico University with two honors mentions by the Millenium III Honors Program and the School of Business, as well a Bachelor's degree in International Business and Trade at the University of Sonora. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administration at WNMU.
Mimbres Press Team
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Mimbres Press: A Note About Our Name
Mimbres Press is named after the Mimbres people, whose culture thrived between 825 and 1450 CE. The Mimbres people lived in the Mimbres Valley in southern New Mexico, although their territories extended to parts of Arizona in the West and the Rio Grande in the Southeast. The culture is now known particularly for its pottery, which was the inspiration for our logo designed by artist Paul Hotvedt.
Bowl, Late Style III
Room 28, NAN Ranch Ruin, Grant County, NM
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