Backstory: I was raised on Southern California beaches and soap operas. In high school, I wrote/performed an original poem that won me a scholarship to study at SD Junior Theatre, played Titania/Hippolyta at the Old Globe Theater summer camp, then ran off to UCLA for a B.A. in English/Creative Writing. I’ve published poetry and prose in journals, a textbook by Oxford University Press, and even a New York Times-bestselling anthology. After teaching English in Japan, I moved to Northern California and stayed put. In San Francisco, I’ve modeled in lifestyle/catalog/print work, performed my poetry, managed a boutique financial services firm and was the Treasurer of a non-profit before saying bye-bye to office life, and have worked as a Brand Ambassador/Promotional Model ever since.
Favorite food: All things delicious, healthy, and gluten free! Glad I live in California. I’m Latin at the end of the day so avocados and coconut anything will get me every time.
Favorite hobbies: drawing, coloring, dancing in the kitchen while preparing food, being a mermaid, karaoke…
Current obsession: Hamilton! First, it’s beyond amazing. Second, there are so many parallels to my life that reinvigorate me and remind me “how lucky we are to be alive right now” :-). My mom disappeared when I was a teenager and we were homeless, my second foster mom took her own life, I published a 5-page narrative in a New York Times best-selling anthology prior to making it into a top tier university, and have since enjoyed experiences I never would’ve imagined as a child. “I wrote my way out.” Oh, and my mom was Caribbean born and raised. So yeah, I feel a deep sense of kinship with the play.
Current project: A collection of poems…and a short story…I’m secretive with in-progress things so I’m being vague ;-), but I want to focus on writing again. I put it aside for a few years to do modeling and other visual things, but it’s time to get back to words again.