CREATE | INSPIRE | EMPOWER
Let’s CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, COMMUNITY!
I am so excited to share my decade+ experience teaching, mentoring, and coaching poets and writers, high school and college students, girls, femmes, women, and marginalized folks! I’ve given readings, talks, and workshops nationwide, on topics ranging from body image, entrepreneurship, and personal empowerment, to poetics, novel crafting, and succeeding in the publishing industry. Students, faculty, and staff often share with me how inspiring and empowering my talks are, and I’m often invited back to speak for subsequent events. As a Latina woman who grew up on the Mexicali border, my own story is part and parcel of my vision of success and why I believe so deeply in helping others reach their goals, particularly those from marginalized communities. I would love to help your folks, your students, or your team create their best selves, reach their wildest dreams, and polish their most beautiful creative work!
Upcoming Readings and events
At the Inkwell + BookBar reading on BIPOC in Sci-Fi/Magical Realism/Horror with Erika T. Wurth, Cadwell Turnbull, and myself: Thursday, Oct. 21st at 5:30 MST. Signups available soon. Mark your calendars! This will be lit!
past COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
National Endowment for the Arts Award in Poetry Judging Committee
National Review Panel for the City of San Antonio Poet Laureate, Gemini Ink
Latinx/Indigenous Poetry Student Mentor
Blueshift Speakeasy Poetry Mentor
Adroit Poetry Mentor
past PROFESSIONAL READINGS, CONFERENCES + LECTURES
Writing from the Upside Down – Stranger Things, Duende, & Subverting Expectations, Authors Publish, 2021
Soul Creativity, 2021
John Hopkins Young Apprentice Writers’ Program, Mentor, 2021
Visiting Professor, MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at University of Washington Bothell, 2021.
Words Together Worlds Apart, Women’s History Reading, 2021.
Bower Writers House/Cutthroat Magazine, Puro Chicanx Anthology Reading, 2021.
Red Wing Public Schools, Inspirational Speaker, 2021.
Body of Art, 2020.
Mark Twain House Fiction Reading, 2020.
Visiting Speaker, California State Fullerton, 2020.
Brazos Bookstore Poetry Reading with Leslie Contreras Schwartz, 2020.
North Hennepin Community College, 2020.
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 2020.
Bookshop.org Latinx Heritage Panel, 2020.
Central Connecticut State University, 2020.
Cerritos College, 2020.
JUBILEE from Blackstone Publishing, Book Launch hosted by Red Headed Stepchild, 2020.
Womanhood and Fiction Panel, Triangle House, 2020.
Current Latinx Poetics: Literature, Language, and Loss, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, 2019.
Crossing the Lines: Diversity and Difference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, 2019.
Workshop Leader/Reading, Red Earth MFA Program, OK, 2019.
NYC BookExpo/BookCon, NY, 2019.
AWP Women’s Caucus panel presenter, Portland, OR, 2019.
Resistencia: Writers Across Borders Symposium presented by Chicanx Studies Department and UNM Lobo Slam, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2018.
Lion Rock Visiting Writer Series, Central Washington State University, WA 2018.
Indiana Review Blue Light Visiting Writer Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2018.
The Nelson/Boswell Visiting Writer Series, New Mexico State University, NM 2018.
Poetry Barn Reading, Busboys and Poets, DC, 2017.
Duke City Writers Resist, Center of Peace and Justice, Albuquerque, NM, 2017.
National Poetry Month Visiting Writer Series, California State University, Fullerton, CA 2017.
1888 Center Visiting Writer Series, Chapman University, Chapman, CA, 2017.
Beyond Baroque Poetry Reading, Venice, CA, 2017.
Pleaides Press Visiting Writer Series, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, 2016.
Featured Reader/Speaker, East of Eden Poetry Readings, 2015
Latinx Scholarship Recipient, The Frost Place Poetry Conference, Franconia, NH, 2015.
Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, CA, 2015.
North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing and Literature Conference: “Joy is So Exhausting: The Poetics of Contemporary Motherhood,” University of Northern Iowa, IA 2015.
Tupelo Press Truchas Perfect Ten Conference, Truchas, NM, 2013.
National Latino Writers’ Conference Scholarship Recipient, Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM, 2012.
NCWCA (Northern California Writing Center Association) Conference: “Negotiating Spaces: Feminist Papers versus Feminist Tutorials.” Gavilan College, CA 2009.
Modern Drama Conference: “Crossing the Language Barrier: Coalescing the Mind/Body Split and Embracing Kristeva’s Semiotic in Margaret Edson’s Wit.” Loyola Marymount University, CA 2008.