Fishing the Southwest

What’s Around the Next Bend?
Fishing the Southwest with fly fisherman Taylor Streit, a Legendary Guide in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

“I always liked to fish, Streit says. “It’s a good way to get out of the house. The American male, at least in the generation I came from, is not licensed to go outside without some sort of instrument in your hands. You can’t just be a nature boy. You’ve gotta have a gun or a fishing rod.”

Full story at Local Flavor. This profile won the New Mexico Press Women’s 2011 Award for a Personality Profile.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (for Hyatt Destinations)

“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, and she proved it by capturing the essence of the red rock lands around her beloved Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe.

→  Full Clip of Immortal Images for Hyatt Destinations magazine on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The magazine is published by HCP/Aboard, The Miami Herald Media Company’s custom publishing division.

Santa Fe & Albuquerque Leisure Guide

By Tania Casselle for Hyatt Destinations magazine, published by HCP/Aboard, The Miami Herald Media Company’s custom publishing division.

I wrote and updated this annual 6,000 word travel section on Santa Fe and Albuquerque for 6 years, from the 2006 to the 2011 editions.

Read the 2011 Santa Fe and Albuquerque leisure guide. This year’s guide covered attractions, dining, shopping, and ballooning in Albuquerque.  The 2010 edition also shone a spotlight on nightlife and film in New Mexico.

Contemporary Native American Artists

Through the Photographer’s Eye:
Interview with photographer Kitty Leaken
by Tania Casselle

You’ve probably already seen the work of photographer Kitty Leaken, in magazines and in books including Cooking with Cafe Pasqual’s and Cooking with Johnny Vee.

When publisher Gibbs Smith asked her if she had any other book ideas, Leaken most certainly did. The result is Contemporary Native American Artists, with photography by Leaken and words by Suzanne Deats. It’s a colorful slab of a book, showcasing 18 outstanding artists, and portraying the artists’ work, the artists at work, and sometimes the artists at play. On a first flick through, you register that the production is gorgeous and the photography vibrant and powerful. But unlike so many lavish coffee table books that become a part of the furniture after an initial read (at least in my house) this one draws you back, draws you deeper, revealing new layers in the intimate visual and written portraits.

→ Full Clip of interview with Kitty Leaken about the making of Contemporary Native American Artists. For Local Flavor magazine, August 2012.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

From Dawn to Dusk: Ways to Spend the Day during Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

It’s Fiesta time! Out-of-towners join locals to sky-gaze as Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes off. But between the morning ascensions and evening events, you can take time out to enjoy the rest of the Duke City too. Here are our suggestions on how to spend your day, from a soak at Albuquerque Baths, to bike tours and winery tastings, or maybe meet Bobby the friendly ghost at the KiMo Theatre.

→  Full clip at Local Flavor magazine online, October 2012.

Taos School of Music (for New Mexico Magazine)

Taos School of Music Celebrates 50 Years

The mountains come alive with the sound of music again this summer when the Taos School of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary season, featuring the chamber music stars of today—and tomorrow.

Feature for New Mexico Magazine (June 2012) on the history and highlights of the Taos School of Music and the annual Chamber Music Festival featuring Jupiter String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, American String Quartet, and Brentano String Quartet.

Albuquerque: Big City Stylin’

Sequins and bell bottoms – do we hear disco, baby? In color, there’s a new purple reign, and gray is still the cool neutral.

Trend-lovers with more dash than cash can find plenty of budget-stretching ways to spark up the wardrobe: get an immediate style injection with a pinch of pattern and texture.

Read the full story in PDF for Local Flavor, November 2011.

Santa Fe Style Gurus

Santa Fe Spice

Santa Fe Style gurus gave us their fashion tips for the new season, and the jury is definitely in.

We’ve thrown away the concept of throw-away fashion in favor of a few wise buys to bring a new zing to the wardrobe. The big picture trend is for form-fitting silhouettes balanced with slouchy comfort, and it’s not tongue in chic to say that booties are kicking the catwalk.

Read the full story in PDF. Local Flavor, November 2011

Book Review of Rick Collignon’s Madewell Brown (for High Country News)


The Stories We Believe:
Book review by Tania Casselle of
Madewell Brown by Rick Collignon

Madewell Brown is the fourth novel in Rick Collignon’s “Guadalupe” series, set in an imaginary village in northern New Mexico. But it reads as a stand-alone, even while spiraling back to explore the fate of a character introduced in Perdido, the second in the series. It’s bold that Collignon, as an Anglo, writes intimately not only about Hispanic culture but then adds in an African-American to stir his fictional plot.

Read the full book review at High Country News.

Book review of Summer Wood’s Wrecker (for High Country News)

Good-enough mothers
Book review by Tania Casselle of
Wrecker by Summer Wood

In her second novel, Wrecker, New Mexico author Summer Wood draws on her personal experience as a foster parent. Wrecker is a bruiser of a boy who “seemed to need to feel his body collide with the physical world to know he existed.” He’s born and mostly raised outdoors in a story that is less about him than about the adults attempting to guide this troubled child through the wilderness of life.

Read the full book review at High Country News.