2021 Ridgeline Review Magazine

Ridgeline Review magazine cover, premiere issue


Spring 2021, No. 1

Featuring poetry, essays, short stories, photographs, artwork, and anything in between from students, faculty, staff and community members.

Share your creative spirit while also helping to support the local arts!
Any submissions or questions can be sent to jeff.frawley@enmu.edu.

Jeff Frawley
Department Chair, Language & Fine Arts

Ciara Nickell
Managing Editor; Student Intern

View online: Spring 2021 Online
Download file: Spring 2021 .pdf


Ridgeline Review features work from students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The Spring 2021 issue includes works from:


Photo of Sara HallSara Hall
ENMU graduate

Sara Hall was born and raised in Roswell, NM and is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. She graduated from ENMU Portales and is serving on the ENMU Alumni Association board. She has traveled all over the world and lived in Saudi Arabia for 8 years. She just retired from the City of Roswell Recreation (22 yrs) to take care of her mom. She has many hobbies including photography, gourd artist, quilter, stained glass artist, hiker, swimmer and triathlete. She dances Tap, Hula and Mexican Folklorico with groups in Roswell, and Country & Western dances with her husband Steve.

Click on Sara’s photo hear her talk about her photo (featured on the cover of Ridgeline Review, “New Mexico Christmas.” Sara Hall video transcript


"Descent" by Judy Pekelsma

Judy Pekelsma
ENMU-Ruidoso instructor of ARTH 1110: Art Appreciation

Judy achieved an MFA in non-representational painting, which pushed her from her comfort zone of functional pottery into the imagined world of my mind. She teaches students about the importance of art in their lives, helping them see art from the inside, from their imaginations. Her work in this issue resulted from her intense study of Georgia O’Keeffe while recovering from a concussion. Understanding the life of this artist and her intense perseverance despite illness and self-imposed solitude made her want to explore her own paintings with an eye toward exploring O’Keeffe’s abstract examination of New Mexico’s flora and landscape.


Photo of Katie MillerKatie Miller
ENMU-Ruidoso graduate

Katie was born in Texas but has spent most of her life in the mountains of Ruidoso. A lover of books and writing, she will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Literature and a minor in Creative Writing from NMSU in May 2022. Along with English, Katie also has a love for hiking, camping, painting, and spending time with her animals.

Click on Katie’s photo for a reading of her poem, “Ravenous.” Katie Miller video transcript


Dr. Mary Lemmond
Adjunct Instructor at ENMU-Ruidoso

Mary has developed and taught Creative Aging: Issues and Ideas classes with a student base ranging far beyond Lincoln County thanks to Zoom system. Designed for students of all ages, the curriculum touches on topics such as resilience, aging in place, memory, grit, and cognitive fitness. A new resident of Ruidoso, Mary moved from Tulsa, OK, where she has been an educator for 40+ years, the last 19 teaching adult practitioners about Early Childhood Education, especially children with special needs. She says moving to Ruidoso has been amazing as is working at ENMU-Ruidoso.

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Mary Lemmond audio transcript


Elise Haley photoElise Haley
ENMU graduate

When Elise was in New Jersey, she worked with inner-city children and spent time working for an engineering firm. She moved back to New Mexico in 1974. She grew up in Carlsbad, NM. She taught math to seventh graders for 25 years and then taught another seven and a half years at New Mexico State University Alamogordo. After retiring, she volunteered as a photographer for the schools. She attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1964-1969.

Click on Elise’s photo for a description of her photo, “The Amazing Flight of the Hummingbird.” Elise Haley video transcript


And much MORE!



Feel free to submit your writing and artwork year-round!


  • Fiction & Nonfiction (up to 10 pp.)
  • Poetry (up to 5 poems)
  • Art & Photography (300 dpi, saved as JPEG)
  • Submit written work as Word document
  • Include 25-50 word biography when submitting

Send all submissions or questions to: jeff.frawley@enmu.edu