*Working on a documentary in Juárez, Mexico. By photojournalist Julián Cardona.

I am a journalist and translator based in Mexico City. I received a 2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship to support my work telling the stories of Central American migrants passing through Mexico, and I am also a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow. I participated the Women's Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices 2017 media and leadership training program and in the 2017 Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) Training to support journalists who work in conflict zones. I will also participate in the 2017 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City. I am currently partnering with Longreads Originals to produce a series of investigative articles on migration in Central America. I am available for interviews in both English and Spanish and have recently joined discussions on I24 News English, the NTN 24 program Poder Latino, and HuffPostLive.

I am the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona 2015), a book which I completed as part of my postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. I translated the forthcoming book Abecedario de Juárez which traces the evolution of how violence has influence language in Mexico. I was born and raised in Arkansas and went to college in Kentucky, and I also often write about the American South. I am the co-author of the forthcoming book Photographing Freedom, which I am working on with Civil Rights leader Mary King; the photography book and accompanying exhibition document the ordinary people who risked everything for the right to vote. I recently published a book chapter on Mexico with Oxford University Press.

My longform writing and documentary photography have been featured or are forthcoming in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Oxford American, Longreads Originals, Lenny Letter, National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English, Pacific Standard, Longform, and Ms. Magazine. I have  interviewed and/or worked with foreign policy analyst Anne-Marie Slaughter, actress Lena Dunham, chef Andrew Zimmern, novelist NoViolet Bulawayo, and Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett. 

"You have to be passionate enough and crazy enough about what you want to do in an existential kind of way to where you will do without other things. I mean, if other material objects or a certain lifestyle or a certain materialistic state, if those are more important to you than the creative work, then you’re not going to become an artist." - Stephen Driver

"So much of the world needs the muscle found in true words. Please keep sending what your head and belly make as one loaf." - poet Nikky Finney

"Identify what it is you want to do and without necessarily understanding it, completely commit. It’s risky. It’s like what Bolaño said in his famous Venezuela speech, ‘What is good writing? It’s not good writing. It’s knowing that writing is looking into an abyss.’ Sometimes the abyss will destroy you." - writer Francisco Goldman

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