V.B. Price

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V.B. Price, photo by Gloria Graham, taken during the video taping of Add-Verse

Vincent Barrett "V.B." Price (born August 30, 1940 in Los Angeles, California) is an American poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher.[1] He is co-founder of New Mexico Mercury, an online platform featuring news, commentary and analysis from a variety of experts and writers around New Mexico. He is currently an emeritus lecturer in the University of New Mexico’s Honors College where he has taught since 1986 and is an adjunct associate professor at UNM’s school of Architecture and Planning. He has taught Classical Greek Literature, Poetry and Environmental Justice at the Honors College, among other things.

Writing career[edit]

Price graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1962 with a B.A. in Anthropology [2] and has been writing in New Mexico for over 50 years. Price's writing has appeared in over 70 national and international publications since 1962. He was the architecture editor for Artspace Magazine of Albuquerque and Los Angeles and the former editor of New Mexico Magazine.[3] Price was the city editor for the New Mexico Independent (print publication) and worked for the publication through the 1970s[4] and was the founding editor of Century Magazine which ran from 1980–1983. He was architecture critic at the Albuquerque Journal in the mid 1980s. He wrote for the Albuquerque Tribune from 1978 till the paper closed in 2008, most notably as a weekly columnist. Price was an editorial contributor to the New Mexico Independent (online publication) from 2008-2009. He was the series editor of the Mary Burritt Poetry Series at the University of New Mexico Press from 2004 to 2012.

Recent Work[edit]

In November 2011, UNM Press published Price's latest book, The Orphaned Land: New Mexico's Environment Since the Manhattan Project. In the book, Price wades through fifty years of newspaper articles and government reports to reveal the environmental toll New Mexico has paid for decades of military munitions testing, uranium mining, population growth and unsustainable development, air and water pollution by multinational corporations and undue strain on the state's limited water supply, to name a few.[5] Framing New Mexico as, "a microcosm of global ecological degradation,"[6] Price offers New Mexico natives and interested outsiders a case study of the impacts and systematic breaches of public trust by some of the pervading power structures affecting the environment around the world: the military-industrial complex, multinational corporation's impact on local natural resources and the lack of consideration of long-term environmental consequences in development planning. Speaking with Gene Grant on KNME's, New Mexico In Focus, Price states that the Manhattan Project both transformed and deformed the American West by elevating New Mexico into one of the intellectual and scientific epicenters for the Cold War but also resulting in 2,100 waste sites at Los Alamos National Laboratories in Northern New Mexico and 400 waste sites at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.[7] Marc Simmons of the Santa Fe New Mexican calls the book, "a stellar compendium focused on the state's slide toward ecological degradation."[8]




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Personal life[edit]

V. B. Price is the son of actor Vincent Price and his first wife, Edith Barrett. Price was born in Los Angeles but has lived in Albuquerque's North Valley for over 45 years. He has been married to artist Rini Price since 1969 and the two have collaborated since the early 1970s with Rini creating artwork for the majority of Price's books of poetry.[18] The Prices have two sons and two grandchildren.[3]


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