Home(y)lands Class at UNM

I’m a fan of Cathy Arellano’s poetry, love her energy and heart, and am so pleased to learn that she’ll be teaching a class at UNM. This is the woman who blogs under the title: Home(y)lands. I’m psyched she has this opportunity to teach and know every student will benefit tremendously–and enjoy.

I also checked out the syllabus and give it a huge, holy wow, this looks great.

Cathy writes:

What makes one place just a house and another a home?

What happened there? What was found there? Who knows?

What are you willing to do for the place you love?

Now is the time to write those stories you keep telling.
Now is the time to write those stories you won’t tell, but they keep haunting you.

The class is titled (W)riting Home: Place and Ritual in Creative Writing and Literature and check out this reading list.

  1. A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet – Jimmy Santiago Baca
  2. Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works – Levi Romero
  3. The Toughest Indian in the World – Sherman Alexie
  4. Their Dogs Came with Them – Helena Maria Viramontes
  5. Watsonville: Some Place Not Here – Cherríe Moraga WHO WILL BE IN TOWN FOR ABQ CULTURAL CONFERENCE–MORE SOON
  6. In Mad Love and War – Joy Harjo


The course is divided into five thematic sections: Enchantment and Disenchantment; Urban, Rural, Rez; Changes and Outside Influences; Personal and Political; and War at Home.

Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 pm in DSH 234 / 3 units / University of New Mexico, Fall 2011 / CHMS 393 Section 7 / English 315 Section 1 /American Studies 310 Section 7

You can also check out Cathy’s personal blogspot at http://homeylands.blogspot.com