Padilla, who contributes her Santa Fe Stories to SFAOL.COM, is a
native Santa Fean. A prominent freelance writer, she has written
extensively about Hispanic art and culture in Northern New Mexico.
Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines nationwide,
including the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning
News and Latina, Hispanic, Vista, Travel Holiday, El Palacio
and New Mexico magazines.
was editor of the Spanish Market Magazinefrom 1992 to 1999,
and was a columnist for the weekly Santa Fe Reporterfrom
1993 to 1998. In 1996 her writing was honored with the Mayor's Award
for Excellence in the Literary Arts by the City of Santa Fe Arts
first book, The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest,
was published in 1997 by the Museum of New Mexico Press. In
1999 the book was awarded the Historical Society of New Mexico's
Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award for a significant contribution to
the field of history. Passages of the book are featured on SFAOL.COM.
is a co-author of Spanish New Mexico: The Spanish Colonial Arts
Society Collection, published by the Museum of New Press in
1996. Her latest book, Low 'n' Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico,
was issued by the Museum of New Mexico Press in 1999.
has been actively involved with the Spanish Market and the promotion
of traditional and contemporary Hispanic art and artists in New
Mexico. She served as a member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society's
board of directors from 1991 to 1997. She currently is writing the
text for the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Museum's inaugural exhibition,
which is expected to open in Santa Fe in late 2002 or early 2003.
by Carmella Padilla