As a freelance journalist in New York, I have written a lot about life in the city. Since last year, I've been doing a weekly series for Narratively, called People of Interest, which focuses on local subcultures, such as Protest People. Over the years, I have covered an array of topics related to Japan and wellness and have written a number of personal narratives. I've contributed to the New York Times since 2008, and my writing has also appeared in pubs like Slate, Salon, Wired, Fast Company, New York Magazine and the New York Observer. For many years, I was an ESL teacher, most recently at Columbia University's American Language Program. I grew up in New York City, have lived in Japan and Argentina as well as California and Texas, and speak Spanish and Japanese. I welcome story tips and comments on my pieces.