ABOUT US | I am New Mexico



Founded in 2014, I am New Mexico was developed to serve New Mexico and more importantly, the people who call it home. From its scenic byways, serene landscapes and exquisite cuisine, as well as it’s unique and (mostly) unknown history, the contributing authors at I am New Mexico are devoted to bringing you the best New Mexico content throughout the state. If you’re interested in becoming a contributing author, contact us today at write@iamnm.com.

Contributing Authors

Will Barnes


Will Barnes is a proud native New Mexican currently residing in Albuquerque. He is also the creator and founder of I am New Mexico. He enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter. He’s also an avid artist, author, inventor. He is currently perfecting his craft as a jeweler for his company, Strange Grain, while combining his efforts with his wife Alissa, managing the operations for I am New Mexico.

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Alissa Barnes


Alissa Barnes was born in Cuba, NM and has lived in New Mexico all of her life. She’s always loved living in the Land of Enchantment, and feels lucky to call it her home. Alissa has always enjoyed writing, and writing about her home state is something that is very dear to her heart. When not writing for I Am New Mexico, Alissa works as a paralegal for a civil rights law firm. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on home design projects, and gardening.

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Zachary Mayne


Zachary Mayne is a native New Mexican who was born in the East Mountains. One of six siblings, he had been raised in a creative environment, thanks to his parents, who were musicians and artists. Mayne briefly attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design. He moved back to New Mexico in 1999 to study journalism and photography at CNM and UNM. He began freelancing for automotive publications while in school and has gone on to contribute to over 25 different automotive publications that are based in the U.S. as well as in England. He has had hundreds of articles published that feature his writing and photography. Mayne currently freelances for a number of car magazines and also works as a freelance photographer. In his spare time, he restores classic cars.

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Malia Ryan

malia-ryanMalia Ryan is a native New Mexican who spends most of her time reading or on her artwork. She is a full-time student (currently majoring in English and EMS). Although her schedule is usually jam-packed, she still tries to get outdoors as often as possible to spend time with her friends and family.

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Erin Cappleman

Erin Cappleman is a native Albuquerquian and loves reading, snowboarding, and being outside. Whether that means running or biking on one of the many trails, or taking her son to the zoo or botanical gardens, soaking up the New Mexico sun is always the top priority.

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Rachel Cappleman

Rachel Cappleman is a pure-bred New Mexican. Born and raised in Albuquerque, she loves to find new exciting things to do here. She loves to find adventures in everyday life that include her son and her husband. During downtime, she loves to read, write, and sing her heart out.

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Jessica Pacheco Semenyuk

Jessica Pacheco Semenyuk is native to no place. An Army brat, she’s lived and traveled all over the US; a nomadic lifestyle she continues to foster to this day. After four years in Ukraine, where she completed her MA studies in Media Comm., Jessica now lives, with her Ukrainian husband, in Los Angeles, where she works on various multimedia projects. Her time in New Mexico was short-lived, however, her expressed joy for the culture and quirks were enjoyed through her writings. Follow more of her international adventures by visiting her blog www.learningfromstrangers.com today!

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