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. I have written extensively about marrying into Fernando's family when I was 19. Much of my work is set in Tucson and addresses life in the borderlands. My essays and stories have been published in many fine journals and three essays have been chosen as Notable in Best American Essays.