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Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland
Edited by Vanessa Fonseca-ChávezLevi RomeroSpencer R. Herrera



New Mexico cultural envoy Juan Estevan Arellano, to whom this work is dedicated, writes that querencia “is that which gives us a sense of place, that which anchors us to the land, that which makes us a unique people, for it implies a deeply rooted knowledge of place, and for that reason we respect it as our home.”

This sentiment is echoed in the foreword by Rudolfo Anaya, in which he writes that “querencia is love of home, love of place.” This collection of both deeply personal reflections and carefully researched studies explores the New Mexico homeland through the experiences and perspectives of Chicanx and indigenous/Genízaro writers and scholars from across the state. The importance of querencia for each contributor is apparent in their work and their ongoing studies, which have roots in the culture, history, literature, and popular media of New Mexico. Be inspired and enlightened by these essays and discover the history and belonging that is querencia.

Contributor Bios
Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez is an assistant professor of English at Arizona State University and the coeditor of Spanish Perspectives on Chicano Literature: Literary and Cultural Essays.
Spencer R. Herrera is an associate professor of Spanish at New Mexico State University. He is the author of several books and is a coauthor of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press).
Levi Romero, the inaugural Poet Laureate of New Mexico, is an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works and Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (both from UNM Press).