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.
Will Barnes is a proud native New Mexican currently residing in Albuquerque. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son and doing home improvement projects. He’s also a very talented artist of many mediums and enjoys digital photography.
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.
Zachary Mayne is a native New Mexican who was born in the East Mountains. One of six siblings, he was 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.
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.
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.
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 New Mexico where she works on various multimedia projects. Follow more of her international adventures by visiting her blog jesspach.com today!