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CLASP Américas Award Commended Title

I just found out that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY was named as one of…

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The release of the paperback version of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY has been pushed…

2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist

The 2015 International Latino Book Award Finalists have been announced… and THE SECRET SIDE OF…

(PHOTO) Diversity Panel at New York Teen Author Festival 2015

Diversity has been a buzzword in young adult literature this past year.  In particular, the…

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Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

More iris garden

It’s iris season!  I want to post a gazillion pictures but I’ll spare you and post just a few (below).  They’re so pretty and they’re popping up everywhere! I am adding a new batch once it’s planting season again in August (but, in my defense, I’m really good about dividing the old ones and paying them forward).…

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One rad mama

Oh, silly me.  You may recall I was stressing the “Color Me Rad” 5K I’d signed up for but didn’t have much time to train for. I shouldn’t have! It was far more big outdoor party than it was serious athletic competition. Best time ever!! It wasn’t timed, so I have no idea how I did.…

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The Big Spring Clean

“If you want to change your life, move 27 things,” goes an ancient Chinese proverb.  My life is pretty darn awesome, so I don’t want to change it so much as I want to keep the flow moving through it.  I’m a big believer in unburdening myself of “stuff.”  So I’m doing a Big Spring…

The Big Spring Clean

CLASP Américas Award Commended Title

I just found out that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY was named as one of CLASP’s Américas Award Commended Titles of 2015.  CLASP stands for Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.  Their Américas Award was established in 1993 to recognize authors of books either set in Latin America or deal with issues of Latin Americans…

Immigration

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks…

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Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

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