Thank you for visiting my site. Here you’ll learn about the work I’ve done over the past two decades to support diversity, intercultural understanding, and human rights. After editing the award-winning journal MultiCultural Review for many years, I returned to school in 2010 and received my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My newest novel is Rogue (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), the story of a socially awkward eighth grade girl whose desire for a friend leads her to two neighbor boys in peril and some dangerous choices of her own.
In 2009, Curbstone Press published Gringolandia, my novel for teen and adult readers, now available through Northwestern University Press. Gringolandia was selected for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list in 2010. It received an IPPY Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association in the Children’s Multicultural category and an Américas Award Honorable Mention from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, among other honors.
I'm the editor of Once Upon a Cuento, a collection of short stories for young readers by 14 established and emerging Latino authors, published by Curbstone Press in 2003. I currently review books for children and teens on social justice topics for The Pirate Tree.