“Encontré el conocimiento, siempre misterioso, de que la vida es un pretexto para escribirla.” Alejandro Rossi
My fiction and essays explore the moral borderlands of immigration, motherhood, and the historical imagination. My forthcoming book, Mothercoin, recounts the experience of immigrant nannies in the US.
Mothercoin: The Stories of Immigrant Nannies
For over a decade, I’ve been talking to women in Houston, Texas about their experiences living and loving as immigrants and nannies, employees and mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. Their stories resonate with my research about other nannies in other homes across the US in so many ways, yet their voices are singular, an intimate testimony to unique lives that unfold in a shared context. Mothercoin is the result of these conversations. Based on personal interviews and extensive research, the book follows the lives of a handful of women from Mexico and Central America as they leave their homes and journey north across the border to seek out work as cleaners and caregivers in the private homes of Houston, Texas. Together, these narratives tell a larger story about global immigration, working motherhood, and the private experience of our public world.
- “The borders she carries,” Habitable City
- “The Mothercoin: Immigrant Nannies and the Value of Motherhood,” IAMAS, International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship annual conference, Chicago IL, October 2020.
- “Madre/Moneda: The Moral Value of Motherwork in Immigrant Nanny Personal Narratives.” In: Mothers, Mothering, and Globalization, Ed. Dorsía Smith Silva, Laila Malik, and Abigail Palko. (Ontario: Demeter Press, November 2017).
- “To Feel Such Things,” Concho River Review, Spring 2021
- “Beasts,” Finalist, AROHO’s Orlando Prize in Short Fiction Spring 2014
- “Broken,” Grey Sparrow Journal, Spring 2013.
Reviews & Studies
- “Review of The Music of Leaving, Poems Tricia McCallum.” In: Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 6.1 (2015).
- “Review of Motherhood: An American History Jodi Vandenberg-Daves.” In: Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 5.2 (2014).
- “Vaqueros e indios, a la mexicana”. Review of Texas, La gran ladronería en el lejano norte, Carmen Boullosa (Alfaguarra 2012). Literal, Latin American Voices (Summer 2013).
- “La historia encarnada, Llanto de Carmen Boullosa.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 29.2 (Summer 2013): 459-477.
- “Review of Latina/Chicana Mothering edited by Dorsía Smith Silva.” In: Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (2012/2013).
- “‘Writing is the supreme adventure / Escribir es la Aventura suprema’ Conversación con Carmen Boullosa.” Literal, Latin American Voices (Summer 2012): 49-51.
- Writing the Past: Women’s Historical Fiction of Greater Mexico, Dissertation. Winter, 2007.
- “Post-National Bodies: Chicana Community in Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Graciela Limón.” Global and Local Geographies: the (Dis)locations of Contemporary Feminisms. Spec. issue of Letras Femeninas 33.1 (Summer 2007): 43-71.
- “Review of Estudios culturales y cuestiones globales: Latinoamérica en la coyuntura transnacional by Marc Zimmerman, et.al.” Revista Iberoamericana 73.220 (2007): 703.
- “Review of Women and Children First: Spanish Women Writers and the Fairy Tale Tradition by María Elena Soliño.” Letras Peninsulares 20.1 (Spring 2007).
- “Interview with Gustavo Díaz / Entrevista con Gustavo Díaz” Rose Mary Salum. Transl. XXX. Literal, Latin American Voices. Summer, 2012.
- “The Transitory Palace/ El alcazar transitorio” Exhibition Guide, The Anza Falco Museum of Design, 2010.
- “The Last Writer / El último escritor” Interview with Enrique Vila-Matas. Pedro M. Domene. Transl. XXX. Literal, Latin American Voices. Summer, 2010: 18-21.
- Little Crow to the Rescue/ El cuervito al rescate By Victor Villaseñor. Transl. XXX. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2005. (English>Spanish)
- “Introduction.” By Manuel Martín-Rodríguez. In Rolando Hinojosa, Dear Rafe/Mi querido Rafa. Transl. XXX. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2005.