Over the past two decades I've worked to increase awareness of and appreciation for the uniqueness that makes us human. From 1994 to 2010, I edited the award-winning journal MultiCultural Review, which reviewed books and non-print media and publishes articles on aspects of diversity in North America and throughout the world. I then returned to school, and in summer 2012 I received my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My experience of being different as a child and in adulthood discovering the name for my difference--Asperger's Syndrome--led to my writing my middle grade novel Rogue, the story of a young teenager with Asperger's who will do anything no matter how dangerous to have a friend. Rogue will be published in May 2013 by the Nancy Paulsen Books imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers.
In 2009 Curbstone Press, now an imprint of Northwestern University Press, published my young adult novel, Gringolandia. Gringolandia received a SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant for a Contemporary Young Adult Novel, which allowed me to conduct research in Chile. The novel, about a Chilean-American teenager living with the aftermath of his father's imprisonment and torture under the Pinochet dictatorship, was chosen for the 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults list and for the 2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books list. Gringolandia received an IPPY Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association in the Children's Multicultural category and the 2010 Americas Award Honorable Mention from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
I also edited Once Upon a Cuento (Curbstone Press, 2003), a collection of short stories for young readers by 14 established and emerging Latino authors and have had several short stories published in the multicultural children's magazine Skipping Stones.
In addition to my writing, I am assistant host of “Los Vientos del Pueblo,” a bilingual radio show on WRPI-FM (Troy NY), featuring Latin American and Spanish music, poetry, and history. I teach seventh grade in a Reform Jewish religious school and have developed the Jewish history curriculum for the middle school program.
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Region: New York: Eastern Upstate
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