Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Join Cooper Lee Bombardier, Geeta Lewis, Kate Caroll Deguetes and me at the Portland Q Center on Tuesday, June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a special Pride Northwest Official LGBTQ Meet the Author event!

I’ll have copies of my book there and more information about collaborating together. Each author will have the chance to contextualize their work with their lived experiences. I can’t wait to see you there!

I am likely reading at the Jade Lounge afterward with my partner Phoenix Singer and I’ll definitely be involved in a lot of Pride Northwest events here in Portland, so stop by and say hello!

It’s been so long!

It’s been so long!

I’ve been working so hard and designing so much!

Check out this beautiful program I designed for PFLAG Portland Black Chapter’s 7th Anniversary and Fundraiser, From Root to Fruit:

I’ve been meaning to start a portfolio with my design work to show folks what I can do – and I finally did it. Check out my new Design and Promotions page to learn more and see my portfolio!

If you or someone you know needs to design a program or event flyer or other print or online materials for your next event or fundraiser, please let me know. I offer sliding scale prices for writers, artists, and nonprofits. Email me for a quote, or check out my Booking Page.

In other news, I am now contributing over at PQ Monthly and El Hispanic News, along with other work at The Establishment.

Let me know if you want to pitch me a story, especially since Pride is coming up and events are stacking up. So excited to have you all still following me and a reminder I am on Facebook and Twitter.

See you all at Pride!

I know spring is coming and I’m ready

I know spring is coming and I’m ready

yellow-typewriter-arrob.440.305.sIt’s been quite the past month here in Portland and now that it’s almost spring I’m overdue to share some of my latest work. As some of you know, I was the Arobb@ digital blogger in residence at Duke University’s Program for Latino Studios in the Global South for the month of February. The program allowed me to focus my energy on a short set of pieces concerning the nature of femininity, oppression, and race in migrant America. If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, they shouldn’t take you more than 8 minutes to go through.

March also meant some big changes in my career. I left the Portland Observer and experienced a milestone that many writers will not share – I had my byline lifted by an editor. When I learned that this wasn’t unique to me  – that dozens of writers I spoke to spoke of both having their wages withheld and the writing misattributed intentionally, I decided to speak up. I shared a Love Letter To Future Writers at Medium on my experiences and am working still to recover both my wages and create community accountability.

Fortunately, when I left the paper, I found other platforms ready to work with my writing. I am now moving forward on a new beat on decriminalization of marijuana over at Potcast PDX, which is set to be a half hour variety show about cannabis and its unique effects on intersectional communities launching sometime in the next 40 days. I’m setting off to start on one of my first interviews for them today, focusing on what is happening to convicts living with records for a crime that may no longer exist.

I’ve  also been following the election and considering the open fascist tendencies of our government across the board – not just by Trump or Hilary, but by the nation. My concerns about white supremacy not being new but being expanded in different ways this election are over at The Establishment, where it was part of a five-part series on the election.

Another big jump for me has been joining the Portland QTPOC Talk Collective, where I am going to be a regular voice. The talk show runs on KBOO the third Tuesday of every month, with the next show airing Tuesday, March 15th from 6 to 7 p.m. Listen to our first episode if you didn’t catch it live.

Aside from my published pieces in the past month, I have a few readings coming up.12801386_815299662552_5884806195737183253_n.jpgCatch me tonight at Death Rattle Hum – Portland Edition, where I’ll be reading alongside local poets Jamondria Harris and Michelle Peñaloza, and wandering poets from Idaho Griffin Birdsong, Diana Forgione, Marshall Harris, Dig Reeder, and Alex Yann. The entire event was put together by local poet and professor Mike Young, who I have really enjoyed working with in the past several months. The reading starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta in Portland.

If you can’t make it tonight you’ll have another chance to hear me read this Monday at Powell’s for Smallpressapalooza 2016. The lineup is impressive: Screenshot 3:10:16, 11:51 AM.jpeg

I’m right there in the middle at 8 p.m. and you’ll be able to score copies of No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down along with everyone else’s chapbooks and small press releases right there after the reading.

I’ll have new pieces coming out shortly – so stayed tuned and let me know if there’s somewhere I should be reading next. And as a bonus for reading to the end here’s this week’s Notable Portland column, full of literary events to check out this week.



February is Full of Love

February is Full of Love

Hi! I’ve been very busy kicking off a few things this month but I’ll just share a few things out to you while I’m here this wonderful Saturday night.

First of all, my first post over at the Arrob@ Blog for Duke University’s Program in Latino Studies in the Global South marks the beginning of my February digital residency there.

Read the rest at Arrob@ now.

The piece follows the life of a young migrant woman who washes ashore in southern California seeking to become human, by which I very much mean American. She loses her tongue and crosses borders for the chance to see the man on the other side of the billboard. More as always to come, but this is the first one I got up there and I hope to share a variety of other stories that bring foreign girls together with mythology around the sea and ghosts. After all, everyone loves a good sprite, siren, or spirit.

Over at PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, I’ve helped launch our new #BlackLoveMatters campaign, which urges everyone to celebrate the black people in their lives who have made a difference, be they siblings, spouses, children, or friends.

Belinda Olive-Beltran remembers her brother and his historic heart

Then, this week I followed the story of Oregon’s first heart transplant – which was possible because one young black man – and his family – passed forward the gift of life. Bobby Olive, who died in 1985, has since brought two families together, survivors who are learning to cope with losing loved ones, through the gift he didn’t have the chance to see given.

I’m also pleased to say our Notable Portland column is still running well and our latest issue is out, if you’d like to figure out who’s reading the rest of this week here in Portland.

And last but not least I was recently featured over at Brooklyn Magazine letting folks know about my favorite 2015 reads. Figure out who I chose and why “the Other woman” isn’t my enemy – discourse I’d love to see more work around.

Get your calendars ready for my next readings: Grief Rites on Monday, March 7 (location TBA) and Smallpressapalooza #9 at Powell’s City of Books on Monday, March 14 (page to come!). See you soon!



Exciting 2016 News

Exciting 2016 News

It’s January and that means epic new posts on my life because ~new year new me~ right? I won’t bore you with resolutions because the only thing I plan to do differently this year is stop hating myself for falling into comforting human habits, like buying myself lattes when I’m cold or tired. Also, I love January because I love buying stationary and it’s a great excuse to get artsy calendars and motivate yourself to do something meaningful with your life regardless of how difficult that might seem. In 2016, I want to get into graduate school. Let’s see how that goes!

Now here’s some cool news – I’m the new Communications Specialist at PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and I’m ecstatic to help them grow this year. You can read my full interview with them here.

My interview with Sandra Cisnero’s focuses on her latest book “A House of My Own” along with her relationship with ghosts, surveillance, and Latinidad.

I’ve interviewed a number of people in the past few months and those interviews are just out now – namely a new exciting interview with Sandra Cisneros that was published in the Rumpus this week.

I also interviewed Leila Hofstein of Black Lives Matter Portland for the Portland Observer’s MLK Special Edition and highlight how the organization has grown this year especially.

The MLK Edition also features an exclusive interview with Know Your City’s executive director and long-term activist Cameron Whitten, along with a spotlight on the two winners of the first ever Portland Youth Poet Laureate competition, Sekai Edwards and Alexis Cannard.

There were all wonderful bylines to have but one of the most exciting announcements I have I’ve saved for last – I am really excited to say today I was contacted by the director of the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University and invited to be their February Arob@ Visiting Resident Blogger. The blog is curated by a different artist, scholar, activist, or public intellectual each month, and past visiting writers include artist Pocholandia – AKA, novelist Patricia Engel, food journalist Victoria Bouloubasis, and most recently Margarita Azucar. I hope to live up to the wonderful work of my predecessors this February – and if you want to learn more about the blog you can check it out now!

And if you haven’t scored a copy yet, order one of the limited remaining copies of my chapbook, Nobody Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down (Impossible Wings, Dec. 2015). I’m eager to do readings and get you copies, workshops, and speak to your friends about it.