Beth lived in the borderlands of Mexico and the US for most of her life. She married her late husband, Fernando, when she was nineteen and has been a part of his large family since then. They raised their children in both cultures and both world-views, something that all of her work reflects.
Anxious Attachments, is forthcoming from Autumn House Press. These essays are about intensely personal moments—from caring for preemies to tending to the dying—but also about our shared social lives that go on around those moments and about the interior life that expands because of them.
Beth taught at the University of Arizona in Tucson for many years and, in 2016, moved to the high desert of Oregon. Her previous books include, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir, University of Iowa Press, and Not a Matter of Love and other stories, New Rivers Press, winner of the Many Voices Prize. She is one of the editors of a Contemporary Chicanx Anthology sponsored by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and Black Earth Insitute.
She is pleased to announce that her fabulist story cycle, Jillian in the Borderlands, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in October 2020.