About UMG

Undercover Mexican Girl spent her childhood between Aguascalientes, Mexico and Los Angeles, California (specifically South El Monte, if you’re familiar with the San Gabriel Valley). Ever since she was old enough to write, she made her own books — from creating the story, to the spine-binding, to the hand-drawn barcode. At some point, she went to college and earned a BA in History from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University at San Marcos. She has lived in Austin, Texas since 1998.

She’s worked (for pay) as a violin shop manager, a film production assistant, a high school and college teacher, freelance writer and editor, in the non-profit world doing public relations, development, and fundraising, and in the start-up world doing social media and content marketing. She’s also worked (for no pay) as an actor, filmmaker, musician/violinist, decoupager, preacher and doer of sustainable living, gardener, and adventurer. She’s currently exploring the world of local politics at City Hall as a Constituent Liaison (and she loves it).

Her life goals are pretty simple (and perhaps slightly corny, but she doesn’t care): she wants to make a positive impact in her community by using her creativity to help others. She dreams of a society where everyone has equal access to live a happy and healthy life. (She also hates driving, so she hopes to help improve public transportation and pedestrian walkways.)

Her favorite city is Berlin, Germany, her favorite color is red, her favorite foods are sushi and homemade menudo, her favorite music includes classical, old-school conjunto, Irish/Cape Breton fiddle, and 1980s punk rock, and she has too many favorite movies and books to list here.

You can read more of her writing on LatinoMetro, Popular Hispanics, and the Austin Post. She also has a monthly column in the print version of TODO Austin, although she is currently on hiatus.