Desert Humanities Book Series

Book cover Strata

Ron Broglio and Celina Osuna are co-editors of the Desert Humanities book series at Texas Tech University Press. The series maps desert multitudes—geographies, histories, cultures, and ecologies—through engagement with scholars and practitioners across humanities disciplines in order to expand static notions of desert places.
Partners: Texas Tech University Press
Outcomes: The first book of the series was published in 2021, Jada Ach’s Sand, Water, Salt. Three more books are in queue toward publication with an average of two books per year.

Desert Humanities has launched a crafted, limited edition book series called Strata with the first issued book the iconic Saguaro. Saguaro includes internationally known artists Mark Klett and Andy Brown, the scientists who sequenced the DNA of the Saguaro—Martin Wojciechowski and Alberto Burquez, Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Rios, cultural scholar of the Akimel O’odham nation David Martinez, among other beautiful contributors.
Partners: books are carried by the locally owned design and curated objects store For The People and the ASU Art Museum
Outcome: hand crafted risograph printed books on desert topics. Series includes Saguaro and forthcoming Rocks, and Lines & Borders

Strata Minis
Accompanying the Strata book series is an ongoing series of small pamphlets about desert animals. The series commissions a wide range of artists and scientists in the production of mini-zines aimed to educate a broad public about the animals and the environment in the desert southwest.
Partners: Distribution partners will be announced after March 2022 publications
Outcomes: playful and informative pamphlets. Forthcoming in the series March 2022: Bees, Gamble’s Quail, and Chuckwalla. Other animals are in queue averaging six per year.