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Roberta Price is a writer and intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque , New Mexico . Born in New York City and raised in White Plains , New York , she graduated from Vassar in 1968. Following graduation, she became a teaching fellow in the SUNY at Buffalo graduate English program under Leslie Fiedler. It was there that she received the grant to photograph communes in the Southwest, and traveled to the Huerfano Valley in 1969. By 1970, she settled in Libre and began building a house there.

After seven years living in voluntary poverty in Libre, Price finally left the communes behind to pursue a law degree. She moved to New Mexico , where she attended the University of New Mexico School of Law. She graduated in 1983, and began a successful law career defending intellectual property rights.

As part of her practice, Price represents Southwestern artists and Native American tribes on intellectual property and cultural issues. For over a decade, she has represented the Pueblo of Zia in its fight to protect its sacred sun symbol from commercial use. Her work on the case garnered attention from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times , who both featured Price in their pages.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Price headed the writing program at University of New Mexico School of Law for seven years, and directed its affirmative action summer programs. She also taught in the American Indian Law Center 's renowned summer pre law program for Native Americans.

Price has worked for the London Vogue and has published poetry, articles and photographs in Chelsea, Ms. Magazine, Shelter, and the London Times Sunday supplement. In 2001, she won a grant from Vassar College and the Wurlitzer Foundation to take a year off to write Huerfano.

She is married to John Boyd, and they have two sons.


Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture, University of Massachusetts Press, 2004


Usually available at Bookworks, Page One, Collected Works and Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe, on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There are copies in the library.

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