Here are some of my more recent essays. Please feel free to email me for a PDF of the complete piece.

* Spirit Animal, Orion Magazine, Volume 36/Winter 2017, a meditation on grandmothers, loyalty, and owls

* The Disciplined Utopia, The Believer, August/September 2017, a month with the renown classical Indian dance troupe Nrityagram, at their village near Bangalore, India 

* Chiefing in Cherokee: Commodifying a Culture to Save It, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2016, a glimpse into the century-old tradition of “chiefing,” or busking, in Cherokee, North Carolina. Includes photography by Stacy Kranitz.


* Art Against The Wall, Oxford American, Spring 2015: a meditation about artists’ response to the U.S./Mexico border wall. Includes artwork by Susan Harbage Page, Stefan Falke, Mark Clark, and Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, among others


* Three Nations Crossing, Witness, Winter 2014: a dispatch about the border situation at the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, which straddles the U.S./Canada borderline as well as the Ontario/Quebec borderline


* Code 500, Oxford American, Fall 2013: a journey into the South Texas desert to recover the remains of a three-day gone border-crosser


* Life on Refinery Row, Earth Island Journal, Summer 2012: an investigative report on three families who live along Refinery Row, a 15-mile stretch of petrochemical refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas

* The Torture of Solitary Confinement, The Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2012: an investigative look at solitary confinement, including the 40-year anniversary of the imprisonment of the Angola 3, two elderly Black Panthers doing far too much time in Louisiana

* A Sort of Homecoming, The Florida Review, Winter 2011: a creative essay about coming to terms with the meaning of home, during a silent retreat on a ranch in deep South Texas

* The Michelangelo of New Mexico, The Believer, November/December 2011: a celebration of Frederico Vigil, a master frescoist who recently completed his life’s work: a 4,000 square foot fresco detailing 3,000 years of Latino history


Other Works

Writing On the Edge, โ€œTeaching Under Threat,โ€ Spring 2012

Dallas Morning News, โ€œSouth Texas Rebel,โ€ 12 September 2010

Poets & Writers, “Confessions of an Author Nomad,” November/December 2009

World Pulse Magazine, “Six Places Every Woman Should Go,” Winter/Spring 2009 – “Tears from Turkey,” Winter 2004

Perceptive Travel Magazine“Officially a Woman in Mexico,” November 2008

Texas Monthly Magazine“Bad Mexican,” August 2008

World Literature Today, “Malaleche, Spoiled Milk,” May 2008

Bitch Magazine, “Lessons From The Bloc,” Winter 2005

The Odyssey: US Trek, Stephanie’s Archive

Latina Magazine

  • “Identity Trek: Becoming Latina,” December 2001, p. 64.
  • “Mosaic Marriages,” November 1999, p. 74.
  • “Wanderlust: After Traveling Half the World in Search of Myself, I Realize That, in the End, the Journey Is All That Matters,” September 1999, p. 120.

New York Times

  • “Firing on Music Videos With a Satiric Pop Gun,” Wednesday, August 6, 1997.
  • “Lost Souls and Others, All on the Bus,” Monday, July 21, 1997.
  • “Finishing Touch For Creatures of the Night,” Sunday, July 20, 1997.
  • “Proof Man’s Belly Has a Higher Purpose Than Beer: Call It Oriental Dancing, Please. It’s Not Just for Sheherazade, and Harem Oglers Need Not Apply,” Sunday, July 13, 1997.
  • “Under Pickford’s Curls, a Determined Mind,” Monday, July 7, 1997.
  • “Immigrant, Teacher and Now Filmmaker,” Monday, June 30, 1997.

The Washington Post

  • “Top Bun: In Fast-Food World, Quickness Counts,” Monday, September 11, 1995.
  • “Campus Crusaders,” Sunday, September 3, 1995.
  • ‘Mortal Kombat’s’ Bloodless Coup: Kids Say Hit Martial-Arts Film Lacks Video Game’s Gory Details,” Monday, August 28, 1995
  • “Jerry’s Grateful Fans Keep the Love Alive,” Thursday, August 10, 1995.
  • “Hitting the Ground Rolling: For Team Geo, Life’s a Real Road Show,” Monday, July 17, 1995.
  • “Undying Devotion: Cemeteries Turn Down Celebrities Whose Fans Won’t Let Them Rest in Peace,” Saturday, July 15, 1995.
  • “They’ve Found Their Calling; The Selling Points of Being a Telemarketer,” Tuesday, July 11, 1995.
  • “The Pickett Family Roundup; Cowboy’s Descendants Gather To Remember Trailblazing Kin,” Monday, July 03, 1995.
  • “The Long March to Recognition,” Thursday, June 22, 1995.
  • “A Grab Bag Of Geniuses: MacArthur Winners Include Humanitarian Missing in Chechnya,” Tuesday, June 13, 1995.
  • “Sawed and Not Heard: Women Working as Magicians? Now That’s a Real Trick,” Monday, June 12, 1995.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “First Vote on a President Since Soviet Collapse in 1991,” June 11, 1996, A1.

Associated Press, “Case Workers Lament Conditions For Some Children in Texas,” San Antonio Express-News, Monday, March 15, 1999.