This bilingual collection of stories set in the Southwestern United States and in South America deals with love and culture conflict in an evolving political and economic environment in modern-day New Mexico.
“Ulibarrí’s narratives have a freshness to them, a playfulness, reading like bedtime stories a parent might tell a child. The insouciant manner in which they are delivered gives them a personable warmth and charm.” –The Short Story Review
DR. SABINE R. ULIBARRÍ was born September 21, 1919 in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. His long career as educator, writer, poet, essayist, critic, and statesman began in the Río Arriba County Schools in 1938, where he taught for two years before going on to teach at the El Rito Normal School from 1940 to 1942. Ulibarrí’s first book, Al Cielo Se Sube a Pie (One Gets to Heaven on Foot), was published in 1961 in Mexico. A second book of poetry, Amor y Ecuador (Love and Ecuador) was published in Spain in 1966. Ulibarrí lived in Ecuador in the 1960s. He was given the Distinguished Citizen Award and Honorary Citizen Award from the city of Quito in 1963 and 1964. Sabine Ulibarrí founded the University of New Mexico Andean Center in Quito, Ecuador in 1968 and coordinated the program for one year. Ulibarrí became the President of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 1969, and served as executive council member from 1970 to 1975. He served as chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of New Mexico for ten years beginning in 1973. Ulibarrí retired from the University of New Mexico in 1988, and received the University of New Mexico Regents Meritorious Service Medal in 1989. He has continued to teach courses on Spanish literature during the 1990s.