I am a fiction writer who likes maps, strange worlds, and magical creatures.
My publications include stories in Esquire, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, the Best New American Voices anthology, and the Best American Fantasy anthology, among others. I've also published poems in Indiana Review and Sonora Review, and my nonfiction was a finalist in the DIAGRAM essay contest. I'm currently at work on a novel, as well as a book-length project that explores my Mexican ancestry: my family has roots in Guadalajara, though I was raised in an English-speaking home in the U.S. I'm named for my great uncle who was killed during WWII as a pilot in the little-known Mexican Air Force. I'm also a duel citizen of the U.S. and Canada (my mom is Canadian).
I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and a PhD in English (fiction focus) from the University of Cincinnati. I've been in residence at the Yaddo Artist Colony and was selected as the 2014 Sarabande Books Writer-in-Residence at Bernheim Forest. In 2015 I was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and I've also received fellowships from the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Charles Taft Center for the Humanities, along with many others.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of English at the Cleveland Institute of Art and live with my family in Indianapolis.
My story, "The Go Seekers," was published in the current issue of Alaska Quarterly Review.
ON MY BOOKSHELF
Her Body & Other Parties (Carmen Maria Machado)
Lincon at the Bardo (George Saunders)
Amatka (Karin Tidbeck)
Borne (Jeff Vandermeer)
WHAT I'm TEACHING NOW
Workshop (Sci-Fi and Fantasy)
Narrative Forms (Storytelling Workshop)
University of Cincinnati
Ph.D English (Fiction), 2014
M.S. English Education, 2004
M.F.A. Creative Writing, 2002
Alaska Quarterly Review
The Go Seekers, 2017 (current issue)
Ray of Golden Yolk: A Novella
Awarded Al Smith Fellowship
Lost in the Forest of Mechanical Birds (Book of Short Stories + Novella)
Exciting news for this book soon: stay tuned!
Kentucky Arts Council
Al Smith Fellowship, 2015
Sarabande Books & Bernheim Forest
DIAGRAM Essay Contest, 2012