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A. Gabriel Meléndez, Ph.D.

A. GABRIEL MELÉNDEZ is a Distinguished Professor (retired) and the former Director of the Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at the University of New Mexico.  He is the author and editor of a number of books, among them:  So All is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomexicano Communities, 1836-1958 (UNM, 1997), Santa Fe Nativa: A Collection of Nuevomexicano Writing (UNM, 2010), Hidden Chicano Cinema: Film Dramas in the Borderlands, (Rutgers University Press, 2013), and The Legend of Ponciano Gutiérrez and the Mountain Thieves (UNM 2013) an illustrated book for young readers.


Meléndez’s book of short stories, The Book of Archives and other stories from the Mora Valley/El Libro de los archivos (2017), moves his writing from the rigors of archival research into the space of creative and imaginative writing.  He was born and grew up in Mora, New Mexico.

Invited speaker, Dr. Meléndez presented a PowerPoint talk titled:  Unsettled Claims: Mora, Valley of Mills during the 2024 St. Vrain Foundations' Annual Meeting at the St. Vrain Mill in Mora, New Mexico.  

You can view his presentation by clicking on the following link:

2024 St. Vrain Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 22nd, St. Vrain Mill, Mora, New Mexico

Photo shows St. Vrain Foundation President, Merl Witt, giving some background information on Dr. Gabriel Meléndez, a native of Mora.

Dr. Melendez held the attention of the St. Vrain Meeting attendees with his fascinating stories of Mora and its history. 

All photos copyright of Ken Krusemark.

St. Vrain Board Vice-President, Betsy Bloch, talks about the future of the St. Vrain Mill in the Mora community.  

Christina Meléndez listens to her husband's talk and has several of his books ready to be autographed for an interested audience. 

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