She is the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction for The Body Papers, a memoir about trauma, illness, and immigration as told through personal and official documentation, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2018. She teaches writing at Tufts University and Grub Street. As a Fulbright Scholar, she returned to the Philippines for several months, the longest time she spent there since leaving at age three. She lives outside of Boston with her husband Alonso Nichols, a photographer. She attended The Community of Writers in 1998.