New Mexico

Portrait of Jimmy Santiago Baca.
Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News / Courtesy of Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca is a poet whose rough and tumble early life is now the backbone of his work.

KJ Sanchez explores her hometown's history in her play 'Highway 47.' A feud over the rights to the communally shared land fractured the community, and her father was in the middle of it all.
Ania Sodziak

In 1734 Spain gave a land grant to 30 families in Tomé, New Mexico. The community collectively owned the land for years, but in 1967, a feud erupted over who had rights to what—decades of lawsuits ensued and the town fractured as a result.

A man named Gillie Sanchez was at the center of many of these lawsuits and feuds that ran into the 1990s.