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Spencer Herrera, Ph.D.

2017 Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar


Spencer Herrera, Ph.D. - Visiting Scholar


 Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Languages & Linguistics
New Mexico State University
Specializing in Chicano Literature, Film, and Culture



Acclaim for Sagrado:

"Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently."

-- Rudolfo Anaya


 "These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón."

-- Sandra Cisneros


Winner of:

2015 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention
2014 Border Regional Library Association SW Book Award
2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Multicultural Subject

Lecture: "Querencia: The Sacredness of Place & Identity"

Herrara had a lecture "Querencia: The Sacredness of Place & Identity" on April 5 in OSU, Stillwater. The lecture was about Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, a book by Spencer Herrara about Chicana culture and the idea of culture as sacred. The presentation included a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow.  

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