I am inspired by magic, myth, folklore; by listening; by swirling rhythms that rattle and bend our lives; by passion that shouts with symphonies or silence; by poignant moments of unhinged emotion that make us feel proud or heartbroken or nostalgic.

My background is documentary but my imagination drags me toward fiction. My heroes all found voice in the poetry of the land and I am learning that my roots are growing in that direction too.

I grew up in a small town in the central valley of California, but I have lived in Santiago, Chile; Skåne, Sweden; and in a van in the Arctic Circle. I breathe easier when I am swimming in music, or water. I am a student of history and I plan to continue my studies by talking to strangers.

I do not believe in borders and I think that the most inspiring works of art do not hold back.