i'm so glad you're here

 

I'm a writer and editor based in the lovely, gritty desert town of Tucson, Arizona. I write short fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalistic features. As a writer, my goal is to create dynamic work with a strong sense of place, a compelling narrative voice, and a blend of straight-talk and lyricism. As a reader, I like work that begs questions, breaks rules, and doesn't know how beautiful it is. I like writing that makes me feel something, that gives me the shivers, that makes me say damn — out loud.

In addition to writing and editing, I have a background in community organizing, issues of food security, and organic farming. I am a former vegetable farmer and the co-founder of the Farmer Education & Resource Network (FERN), a nonprofit focused on supporting beginning and existing southern Arizona farmers. I serve on the City of Tucson's Commission for Food Security, Heritage & Economy. 

In writing about  food systems and farming, I seek to amplify the voices of farmers by tackling relevant issues, including rural poverty, farmer behavioral health, water issues, food insecurity among food workers, and more. My farming and food writing has been featured in regional and national print and online publications, including the 2016 and 2017 Best of Food Writing anthologies. 

In 2016, I joined the Female Farmer Project team as a writing partner to document the rise of women in agriculture. In 2018, I joined TalkPoverty as a Writing Fellow.