I write nonfiction and translate poetry and short fiction from Spanish. I am currently working on a series of essays about grief and loss, titled Grief Ephemera, as well as a cycle of essays about sense of place. In 2012 I was Writer in Residence at North Cascades National Park and Joshua Tree National Park and in 2013 at Acadia National Park and Everglades National Park.
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 Cornell College, New College of Florida, and Seattle University. I serve on the English and Environmental Studies faculty of Pacific Lutheran University. I was recently on the faculty of Goddard College's low-residency, BFA in writing program in Vermont, where I founded the student-run journal, Duende.
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.
Explore one of my recent literary endeavors, Sqebeqsed Stories.
I am translating a second book of poems by Mexican-Zapotec poet Irma Pineda, thanks to a 2015 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 September 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