Mi Casita Writing Residency

The goal of the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency at “Mi Casita” is to provide an inspiring retreat for distinguished and emerging writers, thinkers, and artists to reflect on and write about the relevance of Aldo Leopold’s ideas to 21st century cultural and environmental issues.

The location for the residency, Mi Casita, was Aldo and his wife Estella’s former (and very first) home in northern New Mexico. Surrounded by the Carson National Forest, the cabin offers a place to pursue creative efforts in a physical setting of great significance to the couple and where Leopold began the intellectual and emotional journey that led to his idea of a land ethic.

Started in 2012, the residency program is sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library.

Residency Details

Residents are invited to stay for up to one month during the months of May to October. Each year, the residency’s steering committee invites at least one writer selected from a pool of applicants. Each resident receives a stipend to help defray travel and living expenses. In exchange, residents commit to giving a public presentation of their work in nearby Taos sometime during or immediately after their Mi Casita stay.

In 2016, for the first time, residents who recently published a book were offered the chance to lecture and sign books at Denver’s famous Tattered Cover Bookstore as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Series of Lectures.

How to Apply: 2017 Residency

Applicants should submit a maximum two-page resume along with a maximum 500-word statement of interest describing how their work at Mi Casita will extend the legacy of Aldo and Estella Leopold and the land ethic. Application materials should be sent to Chris Furr of the U.S. Forest Service at su.de1508631193f.sf@1508631193rrufc1508631193.

The deadline to apply for the May to October 2017 season is Feb. 28, 2017. Decisions will be made by March 31, 2017. Please visit www.leopoldwritingprogram.org for more information.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Furr, U.S. Forest Service, at su.de1508631193f.sf@1508631193rrufc1508631193.

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2016 Residents

Priscilla Solis Ybarra

priscilla-solis-ybarra-leopold-mi-casitaPriscilla Solis Ybarra is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Texas, specializing in Chicana/o literature and theory, and environmental literature and ecocriticism. Her recent book Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment (University of Arizona Pres, 2016) presents the first long-range, literary study of environmental Chicana/o writing. Priscilla is also the author of many essays and given invited lectures across the United States and abroad, including Stockholm, Sweden; Bucharest, Romania; Japan; and Edinburgh, Scotland. In addition to her current position at the University of North Texas, she has taught courses at Texas Tech University, Rice University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yale University. She also serves on the board of directors for Orion Magazine.

Andrew Gulliford

andrew-gulliford-leopold-mi-casitaAndrew Gulliford is a professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he teaches courses on wilderness, national parks, and Western and environmental history. He authored America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. His most recent book, Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology, won the 2014 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award for nature/environment writing; Best Book on Arizona; and the Colorado Book Award for best anthology. He’s led tours throughout the West by canoe, raft, horseback, van, cruise ship, private train, and private jet for the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and others. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Forest Service and Secretary of Agriculture for his outstanding contributions to wilderness education and America’s natural and cultural resources.

Maya Kapoor

maya-kapoor-leopold-mi-casitaMaya Kapoor graduated in 2015 with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. While there, she became founding president of Many Voices, a student club supporting the social and professional needs of creative writing students of color. Previously, Maya worked in biology and environmental education and holds a master’s in biology from Arizona State. These days, Maya lives in Tucson where she works in science communications and fosters intersections between the arts and environmental research. Maya’s writing is published or forthcoming in An Essay Daily Reader (Coffee House Press); The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press); ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; and Terrain.org. As writer-in-residence, she will work on a collection of essays about nature in the urbanizing West, focusing on uncharismatic or under-appreciated species existing in the marginal spaces where city and desert blur together.