Dearest friends,

On June 6, I’ll be turning the big 5-0. I hope to mark this milestone by creating an endowed grant for student journalists at the University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater. Once seeded, TESTIMONIOS FRONTERIZOS will enable students from the Texas counties and Mexican states that share our border to apply for funding to support their reporting, including travel expenses, equipment, translation assistance, and/or language training.

Endowed means forever. Once I raise $25,000, the UT Journalism School will begin granting $1,250 to one young reporter every year, in perpetuity. Thanks to a matching grant, I am already two-thirds the way there. I’m asking for your help for the last $9,000 to make this dream a reality.

How? Three ways:

  1. Buy a Raffle Ticket! A powerhouse collective of writers from the borderlands have donated autographed books, including: Norma Cantú, Ana Castillo, Alfredo Corchado, Patricia Engel, Alex Espinoza, Rigoberto González, Natalia Sylvester, Carmen Tafolla, Natalia Treviño, and Sergio Troncoso. Each raffle ticket costs $10 and will be drawn around June 8. To participate, please make a donation in increments of $10 here  and DM, email, or text me a screenshot of the tax receipt you’ll receive from UT Austin, along with your mailing address. I will write your name on the raffle tickets and drop them in the hat. If your name gets pulled, I will mail you the autographed book in mid-June.
  2. Donate an item to be raffled! The sky is the limit: free online classes or consultations, wine baskets, artwork, autographed books or CDs. Please let me know by May 20th if you’d like to do this. We will hatch a plan.
  3. Spread the word about Testimonios Fronterizos far and wide:


Gratitude to infinity for your generosity!