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My narrative nonfiction book about globalization and the village economy, No Word for Welcome, was published by University of Nebraska Press 2011. Read more at the book's website.

Links to some of my essays, narrative nonfiction, reviews, and journalism are included in the lists below.

Selected Essays & Narrative Nonfiction

Selected Journalism & Analysis

Book Chapters & Anthologized Work

Selected Translations

No Word for Welcome won the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction and the 2012 International Latino Book Award for Best History / Political Book. Grub Street's Head Juror Michelle Seaton noted, "It's a beautiful book, well-reported and important in scope."

Read more at the No Word for Welcome website.


Listen to radio interviews about my book, No Word for Welcome:

KPFK, Los Angeles, June 2011 (20 minutes)

"Conversations," Seattle, July 2011 (10 minutes)

Public Radio International's "The World," Boston, August 2011 (8 minutes)

Shelagh Shapiro's "Write the Book," September 2011 (60 minutes)

Iowa Public Radio's "Exchanges," October 2011 (25 minutes)

Texas Public Radio's "Some Books Considered," January 2012
(10 minutes)

Viewpoints, February 2012
(10 minutes)

Listen to audio recordings of two of my readings here:

Seattle University,
January 2009

Jack Straw Writers Program,
Seattle, March 2008


Photo to right: These spiny trees,
common around the city of Juchitán,
in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, gave the
city its name, 2000.
juchitan arbol