I’m a writer and researcher from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, México. I write essays, narrative nonfiction, profiles, and memoir.
When I was a child, I'd spend hours hiking in the Chihuahua Desert. I told my family stories about the coyotes, rattlesnakes, and rabbits I encountered. I became a researcher and writer to better understand the Chihuahua Desert, the U.S.-Mexico border, and my family, who have called this place home for five generations. Learn more.
In college, I looked to field research as the best way to gather stories of my home. My first undergraduate field research project took me to Ciudad Juárez, where I collected the oral histories of Oaxaqueño families who left their farming communities to work in the city’s maquiladoras. I wrote my creative nonfiction thesis, a blend of oral history and memoir, based on these interviews.
This experience inspired me to learn the stories of Rarámuri people who have left their mountain homeland in western Mexico, and are now making their lives in Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juárez. I received a Fulbright for my first year of field research in a Rarámuri asentamiento in Chihuahua City, where I gathered oral histories and joined Rarámuri women in cooking, washing, gathering herbs, seeking korima, caring for children, and running.
I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, where I developed my field research into a first draft of a book. Fellowships funded a second year of field research in Chihuahua City. I’m currently at work on a book that tells one Rarámuri family’s story of escaping drought and drug growers in the Sierra Madre mountains, and finding refuge in Chihuahua City.
I also write researched and personal essays about my family's history on the Chihuahua Desert and the U.S.-Mexico border.