Creative Writing


My debut book, a hybrid lyric memoir titled California Calling: A Self-Interrogation, was published by Hawthorne Books in spring 2018. Foreword Reviews called it “a work that is both raw and incandescent” And The Seattle Review of Books calls it “a rollicking road trip of a book.” Lidia Yuknavitch said the book “split my heart open and reminded me how much immigrations matter, how much we all carry the traces of of other worlds,” and Abigail Thomas called “the delicate architecture” of the book “stunning.”

My creative writing has been published in journals, magazines, and newspapers including Proximity, Hypertext, Literary Mama, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Alligator Juniper, Brain, Child, Largehearted Boy, The Nervous Breakdown, Full Grown People and the anthology Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life. I have been the recipient of several awards, including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association nonfiction prize and the Alligator Juniper nonfiction prize. California Calling was first runner up for the Red Hen Press nonfiction prize and a finalist for the Autumn House Press nonfiction prize.

Art by Tessa Hulls for On the Boards

Recent Projects

2016-2018 Writer in residence, On the Boards Seattle. At this contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, my critical responses to the season’s performances create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. Watch this space for five creative responses and an artist profile throughout the season:

2015/2016 Pongo Poetry Mentor, Washington Child Study and Treatment Center and King County juvenile detention. Read more and see work I produced while teaching on the inside.

2016/2017 Alumni Ambassador and editor of After the MFA, University of Washington, Bothell MFA Creative Writing and Poetics program.

2016 LitCrawl Reading: Father, Mother, Other. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Seattle. Selected as a Crosscut pick.


First Runner Up, Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, California Calling, January 2017

Finalist, Autumn House Press book manuscript contest, for my memoir manuscript California Calling, June 2016.

April 2016, honorable mention, “There Is But One Choice: Confession or Some Form of Extinction,” AWP Intro Journals Project.

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest, 1st Prize Memoir/Nonfiction, “California Calling.”

Winner of the Alligator Juniper 2013 Nonfiction Writing Contest, “How to Be Analog.”

“A Kingdom Like No Other” – Second Place Winner in the 2011 Nonfiction Writing Contest at Torrey House Press


Why There Are Words Sausalito reading (video)

Public reading and event curation, ‘Father, Mother, Other,’ Seattle Lit Crawl, October 2016, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle.

Public reading, March 2016, International Women’s Day, Northwest Film Forum Seattle.

Public reading, “Lucky 13,” November 2015, Ballard Writers Collective.

Recently published creative writing

The Nervous Breakdown, self interview

Writer’s Digest, essay: “What to do when you’re a memoirist and memory fails”

Powell’s Book Blog, essay: “Border Crossings”

Proximity magazine, Issue 17 “Reuse,” book excerpt

Hypertext Magazine, book excerpt

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