Selected Essays & Narrative Nonfiction
"Endangered Language: A poet preserves indigenous language through performance"
November / December 2014
"On the Phone"
American Journal of Nursing
Signs of Life 2013
"Carrying Words Across Borders:
Zapotec Poetry in / on Migration"
"The Translation Issue: Within and Beyond the Metropole" ~
Michigan Quarterly Review
University of Michigan
"Don't Step Here"
"Life in 98118: Seattle’s Rainier Valley –
One of the Nation’s Most Diverse Zip Codes"
One Nation Indivisible
"Looking South: The Mexican Isthmus Through Gringo Glasses"
A Common Place, An Uncommon Voice
"The Child We Never Had"
“Intrepid Identity: To Be Young, Indigenous, and Gay
in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”
Finalist, 2008 Nonfiction Award, Alligator Juniper and Hunger Mountain Review
"Grief's Hidden Gift: What I Learned About Happiness During My Mom's Last Days With Cancer"
Winner, 2009 Excellence in Journalism Award,
Society of Professional Journalists, Washington chapter
"See Something? Say Something!"
Experience: Centrum's Magazine for the Creative Life
Vol. 3, Summer 2008
“Facing Loss and the Page:
“Seeing the Forest, Not Just the Trees: A Guatemalan Village and Conservation”
My First Year as Writer-in-Residence”
Re-write: A Quarterly Publication of Richard Hugo House
Vol 10, No 4, Winter 2008
Terrain: A Journal of Built & Natural Environments
Issue No. 14, Winter/Spring 2004
“Learning to Distinguish Bicycles from Refrigerators: A Letter from Tehuantepec”
Blue Mesa Review
Issue 15, Spring 2003
Reprinted in Taller, January 2011
“Living Elsewhere in 16 Steps”
co-authored with Sasha Welland
Chain, Issue 9: Dialogue (pages 59-69)
“A Man, a Plan, Expansion: The Puebla Panama Plan”
“Lines in the Sand”
Winner, Best of the Web Award, 2001, mexicoconnect.com
This carved stela, at Monte Albán, Oaxaca, is a fine example of
Zapotec writing, still only partly
Photo to right: These spiny trees,
common around the city of Juchitán,
in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, gave the
city its name, 2000.