Amaris Feland Ketcham occupies her time with open space, white space, CMYK, flash nonfiction, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously. Her creative work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Kenyon ReviewRattle, and the Utne Reader and many more literary venues across the country. Her books of poems include A Poetic Inventory of the Sandia Mountains (2019) and Glitches in the FBI (2020). She has also written a guidebook of the best campgrounds across the state, Best Tent Camping: New Mexico (2021) and in 2023, her graphic memoir, Unfiltered: A Cancer Year Diary was published by Casa Urraca.

Her work on Poetic Routes was adopted by the Albuquerque City Planning Department as a way to use poetry as a means of understanding neighborhoods and community character and values throughout town. As a practitioner of creative placemaking, she has taught poetry workshops in Albuquerque’s bosque and Place as Text institutes with the National Collegiate Honors Council. Amaris has painted murals throughout Albuquerque, acted in a radio drama about the Badlands National Park, and taken students on multi-week camping trips along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

You may contact her at ketchama (at) unm (dot) edu