Photo by Joe Felder

Photo by Joe Felder

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA. My family is from Perú. My parents are arequipeños. Many in that region still believe that differs from being a peruano. (¡Imagina eso!)

Recently, I concluded that sports journalist Ray Ratto should be my power animal, but my good friend disagrees and thinks my spirit animal should be “an angry hedgehog in an ugly sweater.” Whatever. I am, however, an urban cycling devotee. I carry a go-to karaoke list at all times in my wallet. And I’m fairly good at washing dishes while headbanging.

My fiction, nonfiction, and music writing have been published in The Acentos Review, The Bay Bridged, Black Heart Magazine, BorderSenses Literary Magazine, The Cortland Review, Label Me Latina/o, Origins Journal, Prairie Schooner, Somos en escrito, and Thread.

I am a proud member of the Voices of Our Nations Foundation (VONA) family where I worked with Asha Bandele (2009) and ZZ Packer (2011). The most joyous week I had in 2013 was when I attended the fiction workshop at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. I have been blessed with artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in beautiful Wyoming and at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico where I befriended two Taos Indian women who approved of my self-dubbed Native American name, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”

I received a BA in cinema from San Francisco State University and my MFA in creative writing with a nonfiction emphasis from Saint Mary’s College of California. I live in Hayward with my wife and our son where I am finishing a novel.