Master of Fine Arts, English and Creative Writing, Mills College, Oakland, California, August 2007 – 2009.  GPA 3.9/4.0

Bachelor of Arts, English Composition (Major), Drawing (Minor), University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, May 2001


Ramona Diary of SRD. A novel reclaiming the 19th century novel Ramona and fictional travel diary on my own experience as a Chicano native of California.

Thesis advisor: Cristina Garcia


Freelance Proofreader/Editor, 1995-2014

  • Typed, edited and proofread graduate and undergraduate student papers as well as professional science papers for journal publication and manuscripts

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mills College, 2008-2009, 2010, 2014

  • Mexican Women Writers, Spanish and Spanish American Literature & Culture, U.S Latino Literature, in Letters and Spanish Department

University Lecturer, September – August, 2002–2003

English Department, Jiangxi University of Finance, Nanchang, China

  • Taught two semesters of Oral English (undergraduate) and Composition (graduate)
  • Developed a writing manual for the English Department
  • Judged English Speech contests


VONA Voice of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA)

  • Fiction Workshop taught by Matt Johnson June 2009
  • Residency taught by Evelina Galang July 2009
  • Nonfiction Workshop taught by Elmaz Abinader, June 2011

Hispanic Writer’s Conference 2012

  • Workshops taught by Tim Hernandez, Michael Sedano of La Bloga, and Cristina Garcia.

Recent Publications

  • “Beacon” “Old Folks” “Her Number” “Bad Sun” Upcoming Latinx Archive
  • “Made by Indian Hands” Unstamatic a micro lit mag 2019
  • “Perfect Passing: How to Glow Like a Pro” Chaleur Magazine 2018
  • “M’ijo Don’t Dance With No White Devil” Pithead Chapel Fall 2017
  • “The Bifurcated Half-Breed” Litro Magazine Fall 2017
  • “The Head Joaquin” Label Me Latina/o Fall 2017
  • “The Omen of Two Heads” Tiny Donkey Summer 2017
  • “How I Drove The New Mexican Death Cart” finalist in The Breakwater Review Fiction Contest 2017
  • “My Heart is Bathed in Chilis” excerpt from novel, Somos en escrito, 2016
  • “De como mi piel tomo su color” Canibaal, Summer 2016, translated by Carlota Caulfield
  • “The Car” Dogwood Summer 2016
  • “Chicano Time Machine”  Label Me Latina/0 Fall 2015
  • “Why I Mumble” Communion Literary Magazine, 2015
  • “Hanging” flash fiction, Williwaw Anthology
  • “Mi Valedor” excerpt from novel, Somos en escrito
  • “Wrath of Mom” excerpt from novel, Diagram, 2015
  • “Call Me Indio” excerpt from novel, Label Me Latina/o coming Fall 2014
  • “Captain Kirk Isn’t A Doll Like That” excerpt from novel, Label Me Latina/o Fall 2013
  • “Fernando’s Testimonial” excerpt from novel, Border Senses Summer 2012
  • “White Girls That Speak Spanish Better Than Me” Label Me Latina/o Fall 2012
  • “Why I Built The Despair Ray” Gemini Magazine

Readings and Performances

  • Sundays Stories Reading Series 2008-Ongoing
  • Kaleidoscope Reading Series 2010
  • Mills College Spanish & Spanish American Studies Program Spring Lecture 2010
  • Lyrics and Dirges 2013
  • Litcrawl Reading series “Brown People Don’t Read?” 2011, 2012, 2013
  • “Witches and Bitches” 14 Black Poppies 2013

Grants and Awards

  • 1st place 2019 Solstice Literary Magazine Annual Literary Contest
  • Litquake Short Story Contest 2016
  • Honorary Mention 2013 Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest
  • Mills College Course Development
  • Summer 2011 and 2012 Archiving Catalan Visual Poetry
  • 2nd Place Mills Graduate Story Contest 2009
  • 3rd place Hispanic Art Contest UNT 1998
  • Finalist Madeline Plonsker Fellowship 2009


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