My first biopic screenplay, on ‘60s Hollywood icon Steve McQueen (an adaptation of Neile McQueen’s memoir My Husband, My Friend), was pitched at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and is currently under option. I’m developing a second biopic screenplay and writing my first novel. I edit books (memoir/biography, art, fiction/essays, spirituality, and Latinx/border subjects) for Sounds True, Shambhala, University of New Mexico Press, University of Arizona Press, Museum of New Mexico Press, and independent authors.
A biography obsessive since I was a little girl, I’m the author of the critically acclaimed Kovacsland: A Biography of Ernie Kovacs (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) and the producer-writer of eighteen prime-time E! True Hollywood Stories. On staff I’ve been Senior Producer-Writer for E! Entertainment Television, Editor in Chief of International Documentary Magazine, Art + Architecture Writer for the LA Daily News, and Associate Editor of Emmy: The Magazine of the Television Arts & Sciences. As a longtime arts journalist I’ve written for ARTnews, Elle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other periodicals.
My work has been honored with fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Entertainment Industries Council, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Harwood Museum of Art, and other organizations.
A Puerto Rican raised in SoCal (does that make me a Califorícan?), I left LA in 2006 and currently commune with coyotes, ravens, and my four-legged familiar in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico.