I was born and raised in South Gate, California, and currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard University. I am a semi-retired mariachi musician; I played the guitar, vihuela & guitarrón.
My writing has appeared at LAEastside.com and LAist.com. In 2013 I took part in Sam Quinones‘ Tell Your True Tale workshop at the East Los Angeles Library. Our stories (including mine) were published and are available for purchase here. Volumes 2 (click here) and 3 (click here) are also available for purchase. Some stories are available on the East Los Angeles Library’s website; mine is available here. An earlier draft of my published story appeared on this site in 2008.
I am fascinated by the relationship and interaction between music, urban areas, immigration, and Chican@/Mexican American identity and integration into American society. I will read anything and everything related to Los Altos de Jalisco.
I am interested in urban planning and governance as quality-of-life issues, especially transportation, the structure of governments, and economic investment and re-development in working class and poor neighborhoods, particularly in regards to public spaces and landscapes (parks, plazas, shopping areas, etc.) and housing.
Why is my blog titled soledad en masa? The answer to that question is here.
Feel free to contact me.