I published the short story, "El Gringo Chapín," in The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (Tía Chucha 2017), the first transnational anthology of the Central American diaspora in the US. The story highlights my reunion with mi familia guatemalteca in Zone 18 of Guatemala City. I am honored to share my journey alongside other US Central American writers, particularly Kelly Duarte, GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez, Patrick Mullen-Coyoy, Gabriela Ramirez-Chavez, and Javier Zamora, with whom I had the pleasure to read via Facebook Live. In the digital journal PubLab, Ramirez-Chavez presents an interview that includes our discussion of the anthology. I published The Gringo Chapín goes to Guate in Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures (2020), and am presently at work on a book, tentatively titled Coffee With Milk.
Praise for "El Gringo Chapín":
"Powerful. Heart wrenching. You had me on the edge of my seat. My hat off to you." — William Archila, Salvadoran poet, author of The Art of Exile and The Gravedigger's Archaeology.
"So good. Such an important piece of work! I felt like you were there with me telling me the story." — Maya Chinchilla, Guatemalan poet, author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética.
"The most compelling, well-written, and touching story in the collection." — John Petrus, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Grinnell College.