I’m a freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley. My work has appeared in Best American Travel Writing, the Oxford American, Sierra, the Gettysburg Review, and Cutbank; I’m also a contributing editor at the Texas Observer and Texas Highways. A native of the Midwest, I’ve lived near the Texas-Mexico border for 15 years, with the exception of a three-year graduate school sojourn at Purdue University, where I received an MFA in fiction writing. Before making the leap into full-time freelancing in 2014, I worked as an instructor at South Texas College. In prior lives, I also worked as a high school tutor, lawn and garden consultant, donkey trainer, museum docent, and elementary school teacher.
As a journalist, I consider my beat to be stories about the U.S.-Mexico border region that are untold by the national media, or that are told in such a way that they marginalize the voices and experiences of people who actually live here. I also write memoir essays, which often seem to explore the intersection of our lives and the stories we tell ourselves about them.