Writer. Teacher. Mother. As a writer, Carla hopes to help readers feel less alone and more resilient. As a teacher, she strives to help others tell their stories and hone their craft while experimenting with new forms. The journey of motherhood informs much of her writing.
Carla recently completed her first full-length manuscript, One Day on the Gold Line. With meditations on race, culture, and addiction, One Day on the Gold Line tells the story of a single Jewish, lesbian mother raising a Black son in Los Angeles. These essays explore the reality of families, blended and unblended, in contrast with the the fantasy of the “perfect” family. This memoir examines the ways in which life can radically change through our own choices and experiences. Author Kathryn Rhett describes it as a “beautifully written memoir-in-essays… notable for clarity and originality. A sharp wit and defiant humor run through this book, giving it an upbeat energy.”
Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MFA in Creative Writing (Latin America) from Queens University of Charlotte. Carla also studied economics and literature at the Universidad Autónoma de México City. She currently teaches at the Los Angeles Writing Project at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program awarded her a merit scholarship in 2014. Carla became a Los Angeles Writing Project fellow when she attended the 2016 Summer Invitational Writing Institute at CSULA and was selected for a PEN in the Community Teaching Artist Residency in the fall of 2016.
Carla’s work has been published in several anthologies and has appeared in print and online in publications that include ePen (the online publication of PEN Center USA); Brain, Child; Full Grown People; Narratively; Mutha Magazine; Tikkun; Pasadena Weekly; AOL/Patch (the regular column “Single Moms of South Pasadena”); Angels Flight Literary West; and La Bloga. Her story “Graduation Day at Addiction High,” which originally appeared in Narratively, was also selected for Longread’s “Five Stories on Addiction.” She recently presented her work during the first annual “Poetry Within Reach” series via an NEA grant as a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets.
Carla has helped others tell their stories through her communications business (iMinds PR). She is the co-founder of the Pasadena Writing Project and a writing instructor and mentor for incarcerated youth through WriteGirl. She played an instrumental role in building a career and education outreach program for Latinas at Women at Work. Carla also worked with the largest urban Indian Clinic, The Seattle Indian Health Board, where she started a program to combat family violence and sexual assault and created a model program for addressing adolescent healthcare, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.
Carla’s goals as a writer and teacher are to give a voice to those who might not otherwise have one and to offer hope for change.
For manuscript inquiries please contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org