My writing focuses on culture in context. My work has taken me to South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and throughout the Latino U.S., and it extends to anywhere I can make a discovery, follow history, get involved in a debate, and fundamentally, record the stories of art and lives.
The legacy, evolution and business of Latin music; art and activism, intellectual property and other legal issues, Cuban music and the politics of Cuban culture, life in Spain, Portugal and Latin America; and food and where it comes from are some of my frequent subjects. I have interviewed many well-known people, including Tito Puente, Maradona, Will Eisner, Joan Manuel Serrat and Ferran Adrià, to name just a few, and have been privileged to document the lives and work of those who were previously unknown, or just forgotten. Educational values and saving the oceans are two of my greatest personal concerns.
I am based in Barcelona, where I currently write about Latin music, the Spanish music industry and varied topics for Billboard magazine. I write about food culture and travel for publications including Food Republic and the Spanish-language American Airlines' magazine Nexos. I also work as a researcher, writer and editor for educational projects and non-profit organizations.
As a Latin music writer and Cuba expert, I frequently speak to university students, and participate in panels at international conferences, which have included the Billboard Latin Music Conference, SXSW, Primavera Sound and the LAMC. I have been a "Global Music Ambassador" at Berklee College of Music's Valencia Campus, and a professor at Pompeu Fabre's Global Music Business Masters program in Barcelona.
El Pequeño Circo de Asno y Camello, my first children's book, created in collaboration with artist and animator David Navas, my husband, was published by Barcelona's Alba Editorial in 2016. David and I also create non-fiction comics, which have been published in international magazines. Our artists' books include Taking the Subway to Russia. We are currently working on an illustrated book of interviews with adopted teens.
Awards for my work have included a National Music Journalism Awards first prize for feature writing, the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade award for criticism, and an Inter American Press Association fellowship to Buenos Aires.
My career began at the Associated Press in New York. I have also lived and worked in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sevilla, Miami, and Los Angeles, and I reported regularly from Cuba during a golden time for music in the 1990s.
My work have been published in newspapers, magazines, and on websites including Travel & Leisure en Español, The New York Times, Food Republic, American Airlines' American Way and Nexos, GRAMMY magazine, Miami New Times, The Buenos Aires Herald, Dwell, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Harper’s Bazaar, Artnews, Art in America, El Europeo and Canarias 7.
I also tell stories through music. I have created playlists, organized music catalogues, created radio stations, and written editorial features for MTV Digital, Google Play, Rhapsody/Napster, Songza, Music Choice and other music companies. My own channel on Mixcloud, Cuba on Record, is dedicated to Cuban music, past and present. I have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, World Café and Alt.Latino, as well as WKXLU Los Angeles' legendary Latin show Alma del Barrio. In television, I have worked as a consultant to the BBC and CBS Sixty Minutes.