I write nonfiction and translate poetry from Spanish. My 2011 book No Word for Welcome explores how economic globalization intersects with village life in southern Mexico. You can read a brief excerpt from the book here and the first chapter of the book at the University of Nebraska Press website. See the book's website here.
From my homebase in Seattle, I work as a writer, educator, and editor. I co-edited, with Mark Kramer, Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Plume/Penguin, 2007). This craft anthology is used in more than a dozen academic disciplines on campuses across the United States and in many other countries. I have served as Writer in Residence at two dozen institutions, including five national parks, three universities, a public hospital, and a historical archive. I founded the literary journal of Goddard College's low-residency BFA, Duende. I currently serve on the English and Environmental Studies faculty of Pacific Lutheran University.
In many publications my photographs accompany my writing. All the images on this website, unless otherwise noted, are mine.
Check the events page of my website for details of upcoming readings and workshops.
My essay, "Beautiful Flesh," has been published in an anthology that borrowed my essay's title for its book title. Purchase the full anthology, Beautiful Flesh, here.
"Apothecarium," an essay from my collection in progress, Grief Ephemera(l), has won the 2016 StoryQuarterly Nonfiction Prize.
I am translating a second book of poems by Mexican-Zapotec poet Irma Pineda, thanks to a NEA Translation Fellowship. Read the Goddard College announcement of the award and my essay about this work in Orion.
My "essay chapbook," Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought, was published by the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in 2012. You can purchase a copy at my blog. Read an excerpt from Tilled Paths, "Don't Step Here," at Guernica magazine.
No Word for Welcome won the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction and the 2012 International Latino Book Award for Best History / Political Book. Grub Street's Head Juror Michelle Seaton noted, "It's a beautiful book, well-reported and important in scope."
Read more at the No Word for Welcome website.
Photo above by Rosanne Olson, 2010