Published Work 


"Our School," Orion, Jan 2016

"Death of a Valley," Guernica, October 2015

"Lost Boys of California,VICE Magazine, March 2014

"First the Fence, Then the System," VQR, Summer 2013



"Violent Femmes," Pacific Standard, Sept 2017

"The Fact Checker" California Sunday, June 2017

"Drought & Climate Change are forcing young Guatemalans to flee to the U.S.," The Huffington Post, February 2016

"Our School," Orion, Jan 2016

"The Prince of Peace," VQR, Fall 2016 (reprinted in The Guardian

"City of Dreams," Orion, Jan/Feb 2016

"Northbound," VQR, December 2015, a #VQRTrueStory Instagram Journalism mini-essay series

"Death of a Valley," Guernica, October 2015

"The 18th St Gang Just Set Out to Prove it Runs El Salvador's Transit System," VICE News, August 5, 2015

"A Totalitarian Inheritance," The Intentional (and featured on LitHub) Spring 2015

"Riding Water Slides in a Drought," New, May 2015

"Reinvent the City", from VICE Magazine's Climate Change Forum, "Writers, Scientists and Climate Experts Discuss How to Save the World from Climate Change," May 2015 

"Scorched: For Central American migrants, the promise of work in the fields of California has dried up": Pacific Standard Magazine / The Food & Environmental Reporting Network, May/June 2015

"The Untapped Potential of Wasted Food," New, May 2015

"The Meringue War," VQR, Spring 2015

"The New Farmers," The Utne Reader (reprinted from Orion), Spring 2015

"How to support students on the Brink of Deportation," PBS Newshour Educators' Blog, November 2014

"Tourists in Thailand are Travelling to See Suffering Burmese Migrants," VICE Magazine, November 2014

"The New Farmers," Orion Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

"Rebirth," Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2014

"FEMA is Seeking Empty Big-Box Stores to House Migrant Children," The New Republic, July 2014

"Uganda's Anti-Gay Witch Hunt Has Officially Begun," VICE, June 2014

"An American Crisis?" VQR, June 2014

"Unaccompanied Minors: A Growing Crisis," VICE, June 2014

"The Napa Valley of Hard Cider," Modern Farmer, May 2014

"Gentrification and the Urban Garden," The New, May 2014

"Lost Boys of California," VICE Magazine, March 2014

"Immigrant Kids in Limbo," VQR Blog, July 2013

"First the Fence, Then the System," VQR, Summer 2013

"Nowhere to Turn," Guernica, April 2013

Prologue, This American Life, Surrogates episode (Jan 2013--co-producer)

"No Longer Praying for Rain in Kakuma Refugee Camp" Fall 2012, Earth Island Journal

"In Rural California, Liberian Family Finds Agricultural Refuge," Summer 2012, High Country News

"The Road to Bundibugio" June 2005, Providence Journal

"The Road to Bundibugio" May 2005, Glimpse Quarterly



"Before the Internet," August 2014, The Weeklings

"Bridges Between Here and There" June 2011, Hawaii Women's Journal

"Where John Grubensky Lived & Died" May/June 2011, Orion

"Marabous" Spring 2009, Two Hawks Review



"The Hanging," Narrative Magazine, April 2017

"Just a Cupful" Feb 2014, The American Literary Review

"Caverns Where You've Crossed Me" Summer 2010, Drunken Boat

"Ballerina Made of Mud" Spring 2010, Sleet Magazine (Puschart Prize & Dzanc Books Best of the Web Nominee)

"Manatee Sounds" Summer 2009, Third Wednesday


BETWEEN MEALS: Stories & Recipes from California's Refugee Women

I worked with Refugee Transitions, Dani Fisher, and our Humanities Advisor, Bryant Terry on a narrative cookbook featuring refugee women resettled to the Bay Area. Thanks, again, to generous funding from the California Council for the Humanities. 

Purchase the book here