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Reviews of Failing the Trapeze

A 2014 Editors' Pick

" artfully crafted family drama" --Foreward Reviews

"Complex, intriguing, and heartbreaking."--

"I was completely engaged by each of the characters the whole book and had a difficult time putting it down to sleep at night...."--Goodreads

Reviews of Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border 

" voice to those...from the other side of the border."--Composition Studies 

"[She is one of the] few researchers talking about transnational literacy practices and the effects of a changing global economy...."--Community Literacy Journal

"...real life testimonies from real women living in a small town in Mexico."--Reading in the Borderlands 


2018 Fellow at Bloedel Reserve Arts Residency Program

2018 Fellow at North Street Collective arts center. 

2018 Fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

2018 Invited to join faculty at San Miguel Writer's Conference in Mexico

2017 Fellow at Hambidge Creative Residency Program

2016 First Runner-Up, J.F. Powers Prize

2016 Fellow at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts 

2015 Fellow at Playa arts residency center

2015 Featured Reader, Seattle Lit Crawl

2014 Artist Trust grant recipient

2014 Fellow in Jack Straw Writers Program 

2014 Invited to join affiliate faculty at the University of Witwatersrand 

2013 Nilsen Award for a First Novel

2013 Recipient 4Culture grant

2013 Finalist, New American Fiction Award

2013 Recipient, American Association of University Women grant

2011 Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities grant


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