Updated: August 31, 2020
Happy birthday to this blog! In August 2010, Gabriela started blogging as a means of documenting her fellowship residency project in the ancient hilltown of Civita di Bagnoregio. She wrote about that experience for Past Ten, and how one aspect of her experience — growing a garden — returned with her to Seattle where it flourishes today.
SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES INTERVIEWS
On behalf of Seattle Arts & Lectures, Gabriela interviewed Seattle journalist Kristen Millares Young, author of the novel, Subduction. Read a transcript of their conversion on the SAL Blog. In another interview, Gabriela spoke with John McCartney and Arianne True, a middle school teacher and a poet-in-residence teamed through the Writers in the Schools program. Their conversation and Gabriela’s reflections can be found here.
Read “My Battery is Low and It’s Getting Dark“, an essay about technology, aging and the Opportunity spacecraft (aka Oppy) at TIMBER Journal. “Even though it’s a machine… it’s still very hard and very poignant.” —John Callas, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Set in Gabriela’s college town of Tucson, Arizona, “Muertos” is short fiction that takes place on The Day of the Dead. The story is inspired by the night she found herself wandering alone in South Tucson on Dia de los Muertos.
Gabriela attended Summer Fishtrap, a week-long generative workshop, where she studied with Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra. Read her essay on the experience, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” here.
Summer is the season to garden and grow. Read Gabriela’s essay, “Tending Generations” about her edible garden and links to legacy, food, and family in Baltimore Review‘s summer issue.
THE NORMAL SCHOOL
Gabriela’s flash essay, “Farewell, Cassini, How Far You’ve Come” is now online at The Normal School!
GOLD MAN REVIEW
In the mood for something different? Head to Issue 8 of Gold Man Review for Gabriela’s hybrid essay, “Mirage.”
CRAB CREEK REVIEW
Read “Not Tonight” in the Fall 2018 issue of Crab Creek Review, an essay on not having sex.
THE MATADOR REVIEW
If you’re jonesing for ’80s and ’90s rebellion, look no further than Gabriela’s essay, “The G N’ R Plan,” published in The Matador Review. Welcome, friends, to the jungle.
Check out Gabriela’s essay, “Sixteen” in Duende, the online literary journal of the BFA in Writing program at Goddard College. Here, she writes about life at sixteen years of age: love, sex, drugs and death.
UGLY ME on Blurb
Did you miss out on Gabriela’s installation, UGLY ME, at Jack Straw Gallery? Now, you can order a copy of her poems from Blurb and listen to an interview podcast with novelist Shawn Wong as she discusses her installation.
Feeling rejected? Read Gabriela’s blog post, What Rejection Taught Me About Doing the Work, for inspiration to keep going.
FRONT PORCH JOURNAL
Read Gabriela’s collaged fiction, “Swan Song,” in Front Porch Journal, the online literary journal run by students in the Texas State University MFA program.
Check out Gabriela’s collaged essay, “Muzzled,” in True Story Issue #3. Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each issue of True Story showcases one essay by one writer. Offering a vivid report from real life, each issue is a small immersion in a larger-than-life story or experience that makes us think differently about what it means to be human.
FLASH FICTION MAGAZINE
Just when you think no one will publish a story about vomit… read Gabriela’s flash fiction story, “Waiting in Line for the Train to Tomorrowland,” in Issue 2 of Flash Fiction Magazine‘s latest anthology.
CRACK THE SPINE
Sheep eyeballs, science class, junior high crushes, the Jessicas and Ambers… Gabriela’s flash piece, “The Bright Side” appears in Issue 204 of Crack the Spine.
Gabriela’s essay, “Dissolving” appears in Stoneboat Journal Vol 7.1, Fall 2016. Purchase a copy here on Stoneboat’s website.
TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY
Read Gabriela’s essay, Fledgling, in the June issue of Two Hawks Quarterly.
SOUTHEAST REVIEW’S WRITER’S REGIMEN
At the end of every month-long Writer’s Regimen, participants are invited to submit up to three of their best regimen-inspired pieces for a chance at publication in SER Online. Gabriela’s piece, “Birthday Wishes,” was the winner for February!
A NOVEL PERFORMANCE: THIRTY DAYS IN SEATTLE’S CENTRAL LIBRARY
What is it like to move your living room into a public library for a month – and write a novel while the public looks on? Read Gabriela’s essay in The Rumpus about her month as a writer in residence at Seattle’s Central Library where she turned National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) into a live performance.
SHIFTING GEARS & WHAT WE RETURN
Gabriela’s flash fiction piece, “What We Return,” published by Word Riot and her essay, “Shifting Gears,” recently published in Bird’s Thumb employ totemic touchstones as a means of examining familial relationships. Voice artist Xe Sands recorded a gorgeous reading of “What We Return” – listen here on Sound Cloud.
INTO THE LIGHT
Gabriela published “Into the Light” in Works (of Fiction) in Progress Journal. The story centers on two characters whose complex legacies come to clash, challenging the reader to consider whether we are at the mercy of our conditioning, or if it’s possible to shape a different fate for ourselves. The story is here as is a brief interview with Gabriela.
PAS DE DEUX
If you’d like to have your spine tingled, check out this volume by New Lit Salon Press, which contains Gabriela’s Pushcart Prize-nominated short story, “Pas de Deux.” Available in print and digital editions.
The anthology examines intersecting issues that affect the mental health of women, from physicality and sexuality to race, class and motherhood. And it’s got damned good illustrations.