My latest essay published on The MFA Years: http://bit.ly/2kosqFI I am not your perfect liberal. Sometimes I accidentally mess up gender pronouns, and I watch television shows that sustain the patriarchy (The Bachelor is such a juicy mess this season). Sometimes I date self-obsessed men who fuck with my self-esteem, and I take way-too-long to … More Writing As “Other” And Why You Have To Tell Your Stories
In November I was asked to be interviewed for a short documentary about women and our reaction to the election results. Check it out! Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/200406862
Write Like You’re Still A Kid photo credit: Picasso’s Le Rêve (The Dream), 1932 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso When I was growing up, I wrote through everything. What I mean is, back then, I wrote through all of my childhood … More Write Like You’re Still a Kid
When I moved to Alabama for graduate school, I hadn’t had a drink in over two years. See, I wanted to join this essay challenge, I really did. But what kept me from committing to it was having to tell the truth about different parts of my life that I keep close, very close, due … More The Parts We Keep Close
The MFA, Money, & Diversity (or lack thereof) This post is about diversity BUT I think it’s useful to anyone negotiating money after receiving acceptances: Most MFA programs lack diversity. It ain’t a secret; going to school for three years to write stories and/or poetry is probably the bougiest thing you could ever do (besides paying … More My newest post on The MFA Years: The MFA, Money, & Diversity (or lack thereof)
My new micro essay published in PEN Center USA & The Rattling Wall’s post-election anthology, Only Light Can Do That, released this week.
Here’s a video of a reading and Q&A I did for Latino storytellers at The University of Alabama. Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/188004456
On Sunday night I read about Hurricane Matthew. It was swirling around the Caribbean and possibly headed north, to South Florida. The forecasters warned that the results would be devastating, particularly for the poverty-stricken, to those with weak shelter. Online, there were videos from space station cameras clearly revealing the storm’s eye, a perfect circle … More New Essay out in Entropy today: The Ibis and the Storm
Natalie Lima Introduction (University of Alabama ’19) Today is the first home football game of the season. It’s early September in the Deep South—Tuscaloosa, AL—and the streets are empty because the game is under way. There are no cars on the road. No people in line at Target. There’s not much to do, except maybe … More Read my first (very honest) essay for the The MFA Years
We read at the LA Public Library ALOUD series on July 7. In case you missed it, hear it here. My mentor Mike Padilla introduces me and I am the first reader (listen for the booming laugh, that’s me).