I am the author of four books. Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales has launched! Anxious Attachments won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and was long listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spievogel Award for the Art of the Essay. My two earlier books are Anthropologies: A Family Memoir; and Not a Matter of Love and other stories, which won the Many Voices Prize. In 2020, I won an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship.
For much of my life, I lived in Tucson, Arizona, with my late husband, Fernando, our two children, and our large extended family. I now live in Oregon and teach for OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA Program. My essays and stories have been published in many fine journals and three essays have been chosen as Notable in Best American Essays.