M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of New Mexico, 2010
Concentration: Poetry
Dissertation: Contraband, full-length poetry manuscript

B.A., English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
Concentrations: English Creative Writing, Spanish

Study Abroad, Spanish
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2005

Study Abroad, Spanish
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic, 2004


Contributor, 2014-Present
NBC News

Contributor, 2013-Present
Al Jazeera

Contributor, 2013-Present

Contributor, 2013-Present
The Guardian

Contributor, 2012-Present

Sex and Advice Columnist, 2012-Present
Cosmopolitan for Latinas

Contributor, 2012-2013
NBC Latino

Instructor of English, 2013
English 101 and English 102
Dominican University

Reader, 2012-2013
Another Chicago Magazine

Book Reviewer and Editor, 2012-2013
Kirkus Book Reviews

Contributor, 2012-2013
The Huffington Post Latino Voices

English Teaching Assistant, 2007-2009
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Courses: Composition 101 and 102, E-portfolio Composition 101, Intersession English 101, Freshmen Learning Community 101, and Introduction to Creative Writing 224
Instructor, 2009
Course: Independent Study, The Craft of Fiction, 2010

Book Club Leader, 2009
Amy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, NM

Guest Instructor, 2008
Course: Introduction to Poetry Writing
Amy Biehl High School, Albuquerque, NM

Fulbright Scholar, ESL Teaching Assistant, 2006-2007
Secundaria Manuel de Falla, Madrid, Spain
Courses: English, History, Science, and Health



Families USA National Health Policy Journalist Training, New Orleans, 2013

Search for Common Ground workshop on the role of lifestyle journalism and the image of Muslims in the United States, Washington, DC, 2012



“Treading on the Wires’: Desire in Chicana Poetry.” Paper presentation and poetry reading at the Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture, 2009




“Narco,” forthcoming in Poetry Magazine.

“On the Eve of the Tepehuan Revolt” and “Donkey Poem,” diode, Volume 7

“Quinceañera,” “Donkey Poem,” and “Portrait of a Wetback,” “Latino USA” on National Public Radio, January, 2014

“Quinceañera,” forthcoming in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking 2015)

“Hija de la Chingada,” Ostrich Review, Issue #4, 2013

“Quinceañera, Boston Review, 2013

“Portrait of a Wetback,” Copper Nickel, No. 18, 2012

“Crossing,” “The Loop,” and interview on American Public Media, 2012

“The Loop,” Anti-, 2011

“Circles,” Pleiades, Vol. 31 No. 2. 2011

“Kindness,” Drunken Boat, No. 13, 2011

“Orchid” and “Las Pulgas,” Hunger Mountain, 2010

“Earthquake,” Whiskey Island, No. 56, 2010

“Juárez,” Witness, Vol. 23, 2010

“Fiesta Mexicana,” Crab Orchard Review, Volume 14, Number 2, 2009

“Lavapiés,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, No. 45, 2009

“To You,” “Mother,” “Spain,” “Crossing,” “Atlas of a Body,” “The Hammam,” Hanging Loose, No. 91 and 93, 2007, 2008



“Pop Music’s ‘Good Girl’ Complex,” RH Reality Check, 2014

“Left Out of the Narrative: LGBTQ Undocumented Detainees,” Truthout, 2014

“6 Harmful Media Myths About Sex and Latinas,” Salon, 2014

“2013 was a big year for feminism, but the movement still alienates minorities,” The Guardian, 2013

“Fornicating While Latina: Why I Was Deeply Ashamed of Sex and How I Got Over It,” AlterNet, 2013

“Why the Right Wing Is Targeting Birth Control Again,” Rolling Stone, 2013

“West Virginia could be the next abortion battleground,” Salon, 2013

“US Latinos Struggle with HIV Stigma,” Al Jazeera, 2013

“Suicides highlight plight of Hispanic teens,” Al Jazeera, 2013

“I Wanted To Marry A Latino And Fell For A White Guy,” Jezebel, 2011

“Five Fascinating Latinas for Women’s History Month,” Ms. Magazine, 2011



“Latina sex stereotypes,” “LGBTQ Immigration Detainees,” “Sabiduría,” and “Are Latino Marriages Unique?” radio interviews with Maria Hinojosa, “Latino USA” on National Public Radio

Contributor Spotlight for Hayden’s Ferry Review, 2009


Awards and Honors:

Finalist in Alice James Award, 2015
Finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, 2015
Featured reader at the Pygmalion Music and Literature Festival at the University of Illinois, 2014
Featured reader at the Dollhouse Reading Series in Chicago, 2014
Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2014
Finalist in New Issues Prize for first book of poetry contest, 2014
Finalist in Four Way Books Prize for first book of poetry contest, 2014
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Finalist, 2014
Chosen by the Guild Literary Complex as one of 25 Chicago Writers to Watch, 2014
Chosen by Guild Literary Complex as emerging poet to participate in Voices of Protest and Kappitel, Norway’s International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech, 2014
Featured poet in Observable Reading Series, St. Louis Poetry Center, 2013
Ruth Lilly Poetry Award Finalist, 2013
Winner of the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize
CantoMundo Fellow, 2013
Manuscript Semifinalist in Crab Orchard Review First Book Award judged by Chad Davidson, 2012
Featured poet with Richard Blanco in Palabra Pura poetry reading series curated by Francisco Aragón, 2012
Semifinalist in Provincetown Fellowship, 2012
Nominated for Best New Poets by Anti-, 2012
Featured Poet with Traci Brimhall in Rhino reading series, Evanston, 2012
Featured Poet at First Friday Reading at Saint Paul’s Cultural Center, Chicago, 2011
Manuscript Semifinalist in Crab Orchard Review Poetry Contest judged by Yusef Komunyakaa, 2011
Honorable Mention American Poetry Review Contest, 2010
Passed my dissertation defense with distinction, April, 2010
Nominated for Associated Writing Programs Poetry Award, 2010
Graduate Assistant to Director of Creative Writing, 2009
Featured poet Sumner and Dene Art Gallery, 2009
Poetry Reading at 516 Arts Gallery, 2008
Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid, Spain, 2006-2007
Graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Highest Distinction, 2006
First place in undergraduate poetry contest, 2006
Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, 2005
Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 2004
Study Abroad Scholarship, 2004
Honors College, 2002-2006