I am an author of young adult novels, a college professor, and an immigration advocate.
How are these all connected? After many years as a researcher, service provider, and activist in Georgia, I decided to try my hand at writing fictional (but very real) stories based on my own experiences. I hope these stories will bring readers into intimate, personal contact with messy, complicated, political situations. I care about these issues deeply, because I care about the people who are affected by them. I believe that, through story, we can connect to others in a deep, meaningful way – which can be a powerful tool against the hate, fear, and misunderstanding that plague our society.
And now, the formal bits: I am a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In addition to Dream Things True, Radius of Us, and Flight Season, I have co-authored two non-fiction books and written many articles on immigration. I have been interviewed about immigration on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Voice of America, NBC, and BBC America, among many other media outlets. I am proud and honored to have been a founding co-chair of El Refugio, a Georgia non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families.
I live in the book-lover’s-mecca of Decatur, Georgia with my spouse, four children, a dog, and a bearded dragon.