Sounds of the Past (Personal Essay)
In an interview with my mother for StoryCorps, I learn about her sacrifices, heartaches, and joy. | Read

Sounds of the Past (Personal Essay)

In an interview with my mother for StoryCorps, I learn about her sacrifices, heartaches, and joy. | Read

My Interview with Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz’s first published work, the bestselling short story collection Drown (1996), earned Díaz critical praise. His second publication and first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, garnered Díaz the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In this interview, the Dominican American writer speaks of the challenges of his craft and of the unexpected consequences of his writing. | Read

My Interview with Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz’s first published work, the bestselling short story collection Drown (1996), earned Díaz critical praise. His second publication and first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, garnered Díaz the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In this interview, the Dominican American writer speaks of the challenges of his craft and of the unexpected consequences of his writing. | Read

A bit of Portugal in Iowa  (Taken with Instagram)

A bit of Portugal in Iowa (Taken with Instagram)

My Sandra Cisneros Cover Story Profile
On the 25th anniversary of the publication of The House on Mango Street, Chicana literary icon Sandra Cisneros reveals her life’s passions, and how she is nurturing a new generation of writers.| Read
Read an extended Q and A with Cisneros, where she discusses the pivotal role her novel played in the acceptance of Latino culture, her years as an academic migrant, and more.| Read

My Sandra Cisneros Cover Story Profile

On the 25th anniversary of the publication of The House on Mango Street, Chicana literary icon Sandra Cisneros reveals her life’s passions, and how she is nurturing a new generation of writers.| Read


Read an extended Q and A with Cisneros, where she discusses the pivotal role her novel played in the acceptance of Latino culture, her years as an academic migrant, and more.| Read

My favorite pig in Ohio (Taken with Instagram)

My favorite pig in Ohio (Taken with Instagram)

My Interview with Justin Torres & Review of We the Animals
Laughter and love mix with hardship and havoc to define family in Justin Torres’s debut novel, We the Animals. | Read

My Interview with Justin Torres & Review of We the Animals

Laughter and love mix with hardship and havoc to define family in Justin Torres’s debut novel, We the Animals. | Read

Closing Time  (Taken with Instagram)

Closing Time (Taken with Instagram)

Does a “Curiosity Shop” make Philly Hipster Conversion Complete?  (Taken with Instagram)

Does a “Curiosity Shop” make Philly Hipster Conversion Complete? (Taken with Instagram)

Novel Research Reaching New Heights  (Taken with Instagram)

Novel Research Reaching New Heights (Taken with Instagram)

Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world.
Fernando Pessoa

On June 12th, I was invited to read at the Sport Club Português in my hometown of Newark, NJ as part of an excellent lineup of writers and performers, including José Luís Peixoto. This bilingual event was called “Pages of Ferry/Ler na Ferry Street” and was the first literary event of this kind (that I know of) to take place in the Ironbound! I’m about 14 minutes in, but I recommend you watch the whole clip, especially if you speak Portuguese. The event was organized and moderated by Luis Gonçalves, Princeton professor and editor of The Portuguese American Review. The hope is that this will be an ongoing series throughout the country. The event was well-attended and covered by various media, including the venues below:

Diário de Notícias

Atlântico Books

Agency of Books to Worldwide

Canal Brasil News USA

Tempo Caminhado 

Hímpeto Editorial