About

BorderLore is a monthly online journal documenting, sharing, and elevating folklife in the borderlands region (Arizona, New Mexico, southern California, southern Utah, west Texas, and northern Mexico), seeking what is often “hidden in plain view.”  By celebrating the “embellished ordinary,” we hope to connect people across culture, tradition, and geography.

BorderLore is published by the Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA), an affiliate non-profit organization of the University of Arizona, housed within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the designated Folk Arts Partner of the Arizona Commission on the Arts with the support of the National Endowment of the Arts. SFA’s mission is to build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage and diversity in the Greater Southwest.

We are always looking for story ideas. Send them to us at: borderlore@southwestfolklife.org

The study and documentation of folklife involves the accurate representation of people’s viewpoints in their own terms; quotes and opinions expressed in interviews with individual tradition bearers do not necessarily reflect the sentiments and opinions of BorderLore editors, the Southwest Folklife Alliance or any specific person or entity at the University of Arizona.


Write for us

We accept pitches from writers and photographers working in the Southwest. Please familiarize yourself with our focus areas. We are particularly interested in stories about culture and heritage outside of Tucson. We also love first-person narrative essays linking personal folklife to larger themes. We pay for stories.

Send pitches to KimiEisele@arizona.edu

Editor: Dr. Maribel Alvarez 
Managing Editor: Kimi Eisele

Previous issues of BorderLore are archived here.