I am a writer from Oark, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains. In 2021, I sold a book about writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak (formal announcement from the publisher forthcoming). I am the author of More or Less Dead (University of Arizona, 2015) and the translator of Abecedario de Juárez (University of Texas, 2022). I am fluent in Spanish and have written about immigration, femicide, labor rights, meat processing, the US-Mexico border, LGBTQ communities, dry counties, and photography. In 2021, I worked on the photo book Red Flag, the fruit of the 2021 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The book looks at the impact of coronavirus in Latin America. Jon Lee Anderson wrote the introduction, I wrote the text for the book, and Marcela Turati wrote the epilogue. Contact my agent, Kirsty McLachlan, at Morgan Green Creatives in London, for questions about rights, permissions, and legal issues,
I have worked on publications and projects with National Geographic, Oxford American, The New York Review of Books, Time, California Sunday Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, CNN, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, CBC Radio, PBS, Longreads, Foto Evidence, VII Agency, Magnum Photos, and UNICEF.
I was born in rural Arkansas in a house built by my potter father and my weaver mother. I attended Berea College in rural Kentucky, founded in 1855 to educate freed slaves and students with limited economic resources. Berea College charges no tuition, and thanks to its mission, I was able to take the years of financial risk needed to become a writer. I published the book More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2015), which I completed during my postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Writing is how I seek justice and equality in a world that is far from that.
In 2017, the Nobel Women's Initiative invited me to join Nobel Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Rigoberta Menchú on a trip to Guatemala and Honduras to highlight the work of human rights activists in indigenous communities. In 2019, I worked with Chinese neorealist painter Liu Xiaodong and his documentary team along the US-Mexico border. The documentary and the catalog for the exhibit that I wrote are showing at Dallas Contemporary Museum in 2021. I also worked on a global migration project with National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.
I have a Ph.D. (2011) and MA (2008) in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, and I studied Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College Language Schools. I am the recipient of grants, fellowships, and funding from The National Geographic Society, the Pulitzer Center, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Foreign Policy Interrupted, and Images and Voices of Hope. I am certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT).
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas *I split my time between Mexico City and Arkansas & am available for assignments in both locations*