I am a writer living in Northern California. I also teach health education at City College of San Francisco. My career has been quite varied, from human rights work in Latin America to violence prevention and public health consulting in California.
I have published two short stories: “Tangle” in the anthology Law and Disorder: Stories of Crime and Conflict edited by Amy Locklin (Main Street Rag, 2014) and “Carnivores” in KYSO Flash No. 4 in October 2015. Apart from my fiction, I have written nonfiction related to public health, most recently being an author on six chapters for the forthcoming second edition of Foundations for Community Health Workers (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016). I recently received the “Award for Service” from the Latina Center of Richmond, California (2015), where I taught a bilingual creative writing workshop in 2014.
I was twice selected to attend San Francisco’s only juried writing conference, LitCamp, in 2013 and 2014, where my writing was workshopped by Adam Johnson and Susan Straight. I also attended the Napa Valley Writers Conference in 2011, where my workshop was led by Daniel Alarcón. I have also studied writing with Janis Cooke Newman, Joshua Mohr, Karen Bjorneby, and Leslie Kirk Newman. My Bachelor’s degree is in Comparative Literature from Brown University; my Masters in Public Health is from U.C. Berkeley. While I’ve done a great deal of both personal and professional writing throughout my career, my passion is writing fiction.