Speaking Engagement: Power of Narrative

On April 2, at the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, I will deliver a talk on External and Internal Landscape as it has to do with narrative journalism. Landscapes contains ideas and writings from the last decade of wandering, confusion, and questioning and, at times, anguish. I became aware of the internal landscape in 2005 after I landed in […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The Media Consortium conference in Philly

On February 18, 2016, I will be speaking at the The Media Consortium‘s annual conference. The panel, “What Do freelancers Want” will cover, fees, contracts and the delicate dance of the editor-writer relationship. If you are in Philadelphia, drop by. If you are an independent journalist and unable to attend, send over your thoughts and insights to […]

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We Were Made For This_Campus Shootings

In Fall 2015, I returned to UT-Austin, my alma mater, as a visiting lecturer in the Radio-Television-Film department. I designed the audio documentary course to explore the overt and subtle role of the ‘I’ in media storytelling. In an era of the selfie, crafted visual images on Instagram and the Serial podcast, the Self is peddled […]

Police Brutality and Latinos_Cosmo For Latinas

In looking back at 2015 I can’t help but think of three important tenets of journalism: bearing witness, telling the story and holding institutions and public officials accountable. Last year, Cosmo for Latinas commissioned me to write a piece about police brutality and Latinos. We were, after all, living in the time of #BlackLivesMatters in the wake […]

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The War of Forgetting | Guernica Magazine

On May 1, Guernica magazine published my piece, The War of Forgetting, in honor of Eduardo Galeano who passed away a few weeks earlier. Vela Magazine later selected the piece for as part of its Women We Read This Week review. I began writing the piece on a sweaty afternoon in an apartment in the historic center of Mexico City […]

Searching for La Perdida |Oxford American magazine

This one was special. It was a story in which living it was as necessary as writing it. Searching for La Perdida appeared in the Oxford American’s Texas Music issue. The piece is about finding home by following the music born from our South Texas land. We travel slowly off the ranch and out of the […]