My name is Ezzy and though that’s not the name my parents gave me at birth, it’s more efficient than the alternative: Esmeralda. My metamorphosis happened sometime in fourth grade, during recess, when a peer gazed up at me on the monkey bars and declared my new name.

I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Southern California. My ancestry, gender, experiences with childhood trauma, and curiosity inform much of my writing. I’ve not forgotten where I come from. It’s those experiences that led me to my current profession as a middle school counselor. I hold a B.S. in Public Administration and M.Ed. in School Counseling. I’m pursuing an MFA in Population Fiction Writing and Publishing at Emerson College.

I live in MA with my husband, son, and two spastic labradoodles, Albert and Oliver.

English is my second language.