Taco Wars and Terrorist Cowboys | Washington Spectator

_ This piece seems to be increasingly relevant in this, ahem, interesting, election season. Earlier in the year a “taco war” broke out between Austin and San Antonio after a clearly confused New York-based writer crowned Austin the home of the “breakfast taco.” The outbreak of rhetorical war contained much more than simply a dispute over a […]

Video: Postcard Becomes Mirror

In late January, I traveled to West Texas, to Terlingua, at the invitation of an innkeeper who offers space to writers and artists. As these things often do, the entire experience came together through a delicate mix of resolve and serendipity. A few weeks earlier I had been camping out at her coffeeshop, working after hours […]

Speaking Engagement: Power of Narrative

On April 2, at the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, I will deliver a talk on External and Internal Landscape as it has to do with narrative journalism. Landscapes contains ideas and writings from the last decade of wandering, confusion, and questioning and, at times, anguish. I became aware of the internal landscape in 2005 after I landed in […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The Media Consortium conference in Philly

On February 18, 2016, I will be speaking at the The Media Consortium‘s annual conference. The panel, “What Do freelancers Want” will cover, fees, contracts and the delicate dance of the editor-writer relationship. If you are in Philadelphia, drop by. If you are an independent journalist and unable to attend, send over your thoughts and insights to […]

We Were Made For This_Campus Shootings

In Fall 2015, I returned to UT-Austin, my alma mater, as a visiting lecturer in the Radio-Television-Film department. I designed the audio documentary course to explore the overt and subtle role of the ‘I’ in media storytelling. In an era of the selfie, crafted visual images on Instagram and the Serial podcast, the Self is peddled […]

Police Brutality and Latinos | Cosmo For Latinas

In looking back at 2015 I can’t help but think of three important tenets of journalism: bearing witness, telling the story and holding institutions and public officials accountable. Last year, Cosmo for Latinas commissioned me to write a piece about police brutality and Latinos. We were, after all, living in the time of #BlackLivesMatters in the wake […]

Greater State column| Hunting Humans

‘Hunting Humans’ Brings the Fringe to the Center  The far ends of our colorful political spectrum rarely cause me much worry. I trust the armed militias reportedly roaming the U.S.-Mexico border and the convoy of flag-waving protesters from Murrieta, California that traveled to the Rio Grande Valley will keep their rightful place on the fringe […]

What Americans Did To Yoga/The Atlantic’s Quartz

A journey into Yoga Culture. True, it’s not the typical fare offered on my site but, as you will see, it takes on some of my favored issues: race, identity, symbols, and the construction of culture. The piece, published by The Atlantic’s Quartz under the title, American’s Ruined Yoga for the Rest of the World has stewed in […]

A Sidewalk Portal in Mexico City

Earlier in the year I visited the Mercado Jamaica in Mexico City, an all hours, year round flower market where I met a graffiti crew working on an enormous mural. But this mural not only captures centuries of history surrounding the mercado, its very construction fits within a cultural and political legacy with origins in the Conquest. Published in […]