Don Usner

Sunday August 7, 4 PM

Don-Usner450(from Born in 1957 in Embudo, New Mexico, Don grew up in Los Alamos and Chimayó, New Mexico. He earned a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to manage an ecological reserve in Big Sur, California, where he co-authored and took photographs for his first book, The Natural History of Big Sur, published by the University of California Press. A book that belongs at the bedside of every Big Sur resident and visitor!

imgresDon returned to New Mexico in 1988 to complete an M.A. in Geography at the University of New Mexico, then produced his second book, Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayó’s Old Plaza, published in 1995 by the Museum of New Mexico Press. He has since written and provided photographs for several more books some of them listed below.

Don teaches photography at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Santa Fe Preparatory School, and has taught photography at the College of Santa Fe and cultural geography the Santa Fe Community College. He continues to cultivate his lifelong interest in cultural and natural history as he works as a writer and photographer in Santa Fe.

Don was named a New Mexico Luminaria by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013, an award given to New Mexicans who “ motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision.”

We are very honored and pleased to welcome Don the Library. Don has many dear friends here in Big Sur and he has always treasured his memories from the time he spent living and working here. It will undoubtedly be valuable to all of us to hear his perspective on community and cultural preservation.

Published Books by Don Usner:

Chasing Dichos Through Chimayó, University of New Mexico Press, 2014, ISBN# 978-0-8263-5523-2

Valles Caldera: A Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve, by William deBuys and Don J. Usner, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2006, ISBN # 0890134936

Ambassador Frank Ortiz: Lessons from a Life of Service, edited by Don J. Usner, University of New Mexico Press, 2004, ISBN # 0826337120.

A History of Estaca: Plaza at an Ancient Crossroads, edited by Don J. Usner, Vecinos del Rio, 2003, no ISBN.

New Mexico Route 66 On Tour: Legendary Architecture from Glenrio to Gallup, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001, ISBN # 0890133867.

Benigna’s Chimayó: Cuentos from the Old Plaza, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001, ISBN # 0890133816 (cloth), 0890133824 (pbk.).

Sabino’s Map: Life in Chimayó’s Old Plaza, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995, ISBN # 0890132895 (cloth), 0890132909 (pbk.).

The Natural History of Big Sur, University of California Press, Los Angeles

Don’s own website HERE

Part of an interview with Don for Big Sur Stories HERE.