I engage with aesthetics of the Desert Southwest in literature, art, and film in order to stimulate a more expansive engagement with the environmental humanities and criticism. For example: how does landscape influence individual, collective, and cultural memory? How do texts allow us to imagine human and nonhuman relationships in the near future in the face of climate change?
It is my intent to challenge the stereotypical representations of the desert, and who and what they include and exclude. Through my work, I draw attention to the human and nonhuman histories, similarities, and differences one encounters and is entangled with in the desert.
“Color, Place, and Memory in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes.” Reading Aridity. Eds. Jada Ach and Gary Reger. Lexington Books, Fall 2020. (forthcoming)