I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA, the most boring American suburb imaginable. My family is from Perú so I grew up eating Cua Cuas and feeding them to my abuelito’s chickens on long summer vacations.
A few years back, I took an online quiz that informed me that my power animal is a wolverine, which made me smile. My wife believes a mischievous crow would be more apt whereas my homeboy thinks my spirit animal should be “an angry hedgehog in an ugly sweater.” Whatever. I am, however, an urban cycling devotee. Despite our present pandemic, I still carry a go-to karaoke list in my wallet. (If that’s not optimism, what is?) I’m also quite adept at washing dishes and baby bottles 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, Mount Hope, 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. I have been blessed with artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (RIP) in beautiful Wyoming and at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. I am currently serving as a mentor in the Latinx in Publishing Writers Mentorship Program.
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.