ASHLEY M. BINGERS
Poetry in Motion
Contributing writer Ashley M. Biggers has explored every corner of the state writing for the likes of Alaska Airlines’ Beyond and Fodors.com, among others. Her newest book, Eco-Travel New Mexico (University of New Mexico Press), captures the state’s top green hotels, sustainable outfitters, and farm-to-table restaurants. Writing it required quite a few road trips. “I’ve always preferred my roads and trails Abbeyesque—crooked, winding, and leading to the most amazing views. There’s something about cruising the open road that soothes my soul. And in New Mexico, there’s no shortage of fascinating historical and cultural destinations along the way—not to mention a great hike or a memorable meal.”
Not Fade Away
In the fall of 2005, freelance photographer Stefan Wachs came through Santa Fe on what was supposed to be a short visit. Ten years later, he still calls the city home. Born and raised in Switzerland, he decided to leave a career in international relations and set out to explore the Southwest on his motorcycle, camera in tow. While photographing the town of White Oaks, he was welcomed by a friendly group of eclectic locals who taught him about the rich history and natural beauty of their town. “It reminded me of how unique New Mexico is and why, after all these years, I continue to be fascinated by the people and culture of the state.”
Go. See. Do.
Western Colorado native and freelance writer Elizabeth Miller chased a hunch two years ago that she’d like life a little farther south. Now thoroughly spoiled by the notion that four cars make for a crowded trailhead and five minutes a long line for the ski lift, she’s unlikely to leave. When the organizer of Farmington’s Dining with the Dead event interrupted a European vacation to return her call, she considered it “the prime example of why I enjoy reporting on this state: curious history, strong characters, and people who are passionate to tell those stories at any cost—even international roaming charges.