I was born in Bangkok, Thailand -- the
daughter of a Mexican-Guatemalan artist and an American businessman. I
grew up in Guatemala, and moved to the United States when I was 15. I
studied filmmaking and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in
Bronxville, N.Y., which -- it has to be said -- suited me for none (and
every one) of the occupations I've plied since.
I've done stints as everything from art
gallery assistant to the director of a historic opera house, but
eventually found my way, permanently, to newspapers. I've been staff
writer, production coordinator, editor and managing editor at a string
of local weekly newspapers in New York and Pennsylvania. I am currently the managing editor of Al Día News Media, a Latino news media organization that publishes in Spanish and English, online and in print. I was the editor of Al Día's book, 200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia in 2012.
I'm something of a social media
enthusiast, at both work and play, and habitually haunt the Latinos in
Social Media twitter party (#latism) and Muckrack Chat (#muckedup).
In addition to news, I write speculative fiction and poetry. My
poetry has appeared in Dappled Things, Graham House Review, We'Moon,
La Bloga's Floricanto online, Scheherezade's Bequest at Cabinet des
Fees and is slated to appear in an upcoming anthology to fund Con or Bust.
fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Crossed Genres #24; in the anthologies Menial: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction, Fat Girl in a Strange Land and Crossed Genres
Year Two, and is slated to appear in the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction at the Margins of History, and in the upcoming GUD
magazine, issue 7.
My novel, INK, was published by Crossed Genres Publications in 2012. It was named to Latinidad's Best Books of 2012 list. It is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, Smashwords and others online booksellers.
Though my favorite place in the world is a small log cabin in the Central
New York woods, I live in an old farmhouse about an
hour outside of Philadelphia, with my husband (a diehard Minnesota
Twins fan) and a brilliant and cantankerous teenage daughter who refuses
to speak Spanish though her pronunciation is perfect.