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A writing life: The best of what I've published in 2015

From fiction to long-form journalism to commentary, here are my personal favorites of the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written this year #journalism #commentary #SFF
From fiction to long-form journalism to commentary, here are my personal favorites of the hundreds of thousands of words I've written this year: Fiction Long-form journalism Op-ed com...
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"His claim is that of the past — he played there, lived, fought, cried there — a form of ownership that has nothing to do with dollars and cents." Another in a great series of columns examining gentrification in Brooklyn.
With the boom comes fear. That’s what we are living through now. The homeowners on my block have heard the numbers — 20,000 apartments coming online in the next five years, and, yet, no new schools, no new trains.
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Brooklyn has become a global brand. But, on the ground, there is an increasingly bitter fight for it's soul...
In gentrifying neighborhoods across the nation, different aspects of American culture come into conflict —and the resulting clash is redefining urban life in America.
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I'm making my ofrenda for Day of the Dead today...
... and I'll be posting photos here when I'm done. But in the interim: Read all about the Day(s) of the Dead in  AL DÍA News' Ultimate Guide to Day of the Dead. 
... and I'll be posting photos here when I'm done. But in the interim: Read all about the Day(s) of the Dead in AL DÍA News' Ultimate Guide to Day of the Dead.
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The Donald is un maleducado, no doubt about it. And Hillary is learning... Good opinion piece. #latinos #latinovote
Hillary Clinton has scheduled a question and answer session with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for October 15, two days after the upcoming Democratic debate on CNN. The choice reflects the fundamental importance of Latino voters to her presidential ambitions. It also deftly underscores the differences between Clinton and the current GOP front-runner. You see, this is the same Hispanic organization that Donald Trump conspicuously avoided t...
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My latest column
Nearly a month ago Joel Mathis of Philadelphia Magazine interviewed me for a Q & A to appear in the November edition of the magazine. We talked about my novel, the Latino communities of Philadelphia, immigration advocacy and the increasing visibility of AL DÍA as a dual language news media organization. Today, I asked for that interview to be killed.
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Very interesting column! It is stunning that the magazine would make a similar misstep a second time. I'm glad to see you and others calling them on it.

Even though the Q&A will still appear in the magazine, that could yield an overall positive outcome: maybe people who read it will look for more about you and find your commentary on this subject. :)
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The Senate should finally do its job and confirm Judge Felipe Restrepo.
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My opinion column after yesterday's announcement that Philly will reinstate police-ICE collaborations.
Yesterday, in an by-invitation-only meeting, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison announced to a stunned gathering of immigration advocates that the city will be rolling back its 18-month-old executive order and reinstating local law enforcement collaboration with ICE agents to detain suspected undocumented immigrants beyond normal police processing. Politically motivated? You bet. Let me unpack it for you....
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Ofrenda for Day of the Dead
The building of an ofrenda is an act of devotion. Of remembrance. Of self-comfort. #díademuertos  
La ofrenda on the right: the offerings & remembrance of my husband's parents on the left: the offerings & remembrance of my parents At the center: the offerings and remembrance of my friend Sue Lamb, who died this year "We...
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Sign the petition - Trump's hate speech shouldn't receive NBC's and Lorne Michaels' imprimatur via SNL

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In case I forgot to share this before ... a really terrific piece.
There are crises in which we, as human beings, are able to join together and rise to the occasion. One of these happened last week in a packed soccer stadium in Madrid, when 7-year-old Zied Abdel-Mohsen Alghadab walked onto the field hand-in-hand with soccer mega star Cristiano Ronaldo to open a Real Madrid home match.
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Posting this with a week delay, but oh well...
Sometimes I feel a bit sorry for the journalists who cover Pope Francis but don't speak Spanish.
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Bilingual journalist. AP and EFE style editor. Op-ed columnist. Speculative novelist, short story writer and poet. Moderator and panelist for journalism and speculative fiction panels. Blogger. Part of Huff Post Live's roster of community commenters.
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  • Al Día News Media
    Managing Editor, present
    Managing and assigning editor, and production coordinator for AL DÍA's weekly print newspaper in Spanish, and its news web site in English and Spanish. Editor of AL DÍA's book "200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia." With other members of the editorial and operational team, engage in the planning for new web site to be unveiled in June 2014. Led the editorial team in the development of video series TAPAS, video documentary Op-Eds and English-language component of web site. Originator and moderator of AL DÍA's Media in the City: Race, Representation, Gender & Identity series of media panels. Moderator of AL DÍA's "In Conversation With" series of interviews with public figures such as Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. Bob Casey, Representatives Bob Brady and Allyson Schwartz. Lead on AL DÍA's editorial roundtables with Hilda Solís, Sen. Bob Menendez, and CEOs from Aqua America and other Philadelphia-area businesses.
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Latina writer, editor & blogger. @followthelede on Twitter
Introduction
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 been staff writer, production coordinator, editor and managing editor at a string of 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 also the editor of Al Día's book, 200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia in 2012.

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.

My 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 in May, 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.


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). 
Bragging rights
The description of INK in Latinidad's "Best Books of 2012" list: “If Margaret Atwood were Latina, this eerily believable depiction of where U.S. immigration policy is heading is the novel she would have written instead of The Handmaid’s Tale."
Education
  • Sarah Lawrence College
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