I attended Swarthmore College, where I studied children’s literature with Donna Jo Napoli. My first job after college was as an instructor at a farm-based education program. Later, I worked at a children’s bookstore for a few months (where it turned out that I was better at reading books than shelving them). I then taught elementary school Spanish, which made me think about the historical events that led to a world made up of so many diverse Spanish speakers, so I decided to study history. I’m now a Ph.D. candidate in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America. I am a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab, and live in New York City, where I was born.
My short story, “Fairies in Town,” was published in Highlights Magazine in July 2013 and awarded Magazine Merit Honors by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2012, I was awarded the Paula Danziger Scholarship by the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. My academic article, “Sermonizing in New York: The Children’s Magazines of Mary Mapes Dodge and José Martí” was published in Ethics in Children’s Literature, ed. Claudia Mills (Ashgate, November 2014). My first picture book, Martí’s Song for Freedom, will be published by Lee and Low Books in Spring 2017.