Cecilia Ballí is a fellow at The Nation Institute, an independent journalist, and a cultural anthropologist. Her essays and reporting along the US-Mexico border have appeared in Texas Monthly, where she is a writer-at-large, and in Harper’s Magazine, as well as in various anthologies, including Best American Crime Writing. She has been a finalist for the Livingston Awards, the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A member of the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, she has held writing residencies at the Lanesboro Arts Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, and was the 2014-2015 Jesse H. Jones Dobie Paisano Fellow with the Texas Institute of Letters. She taught anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and now lives in Houston.
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