I grew up in South Texas, before the Border Wall was built. I can remember looking across the Rio Grande and wondering, What makes those plants trees goats rocks and people Mexican and these American? I still wonder, though now I obsess over it from my home in Iowa. My writing, which ranges from haiku to novels, often explores boundaries, taboos, and those who defy them. I also blog about reading, writing, mental health issues, horror across genres, and Latin@ representation in media. To read some of my work, much of it available online, please refer to the Publications page.