Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the 2014 recipient of the Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her writing is forthcoming or has been anthologized in Guernica Annual, Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press) and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She has received fellowships from the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Bread Loaf, and is the current Community Radio Storytelling Fellow at Making Contact, a national radio program. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her grandfather, a medicine man from Colombia who it was said could move clouds.

Creative Non-Fiction

“The Groan of Ice,” Wise Latinas (Nebraska University Press) Purchase Download

“The Built Environment,” Sonneteer (Front 40 Press)



“Ghost House,” Guernica

“The Girl Carmenza,” American Odysseys; Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press)

“The Doorbell,” F Magazine

“There were Swamps and Mermaids,” Hair Trigger 31

“The Time of Dreaming,” Make: a Chicago Literary Magazine

“The Pig, the Devil, and the Witch,” Hair Trigger 29

“Dreams like Sharp Objects,” Wet: A Journal for Bathing


Reviews & articles

“John Waters Is Not a Psycho, He Just Wants a Ride,” KQED

“Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson: Q+A with Maira Kalman,” KQED

“How to Celebrate National Poetry Month,” KQED

“The Circle: a Silicon Valley Sci-fi,” KQED

“The Year in ‘Meh’: When 2013 Was Just OK,” KQED

“Rebecca Solnit Explores the Fairy Tale Nature in the Faraway Nearby,” KQED