I'm interested in exploring the mystery of what it means to be a human being, more than any other thing.


I was born in Maryland in 1993 and raised in California. I'm an American author. My work has focused on stories around disability. I suffered a spinal cord injury at the L-1 level and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia on June 21, 2016.

In 2019, I received an M.A. in Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement from NYU, where I focused on human rights and photojournalism. In 2015, I received a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.


I'm currently a VII Photo Mentor Program Photographer. I'm a Magnum Foundation Fellow in the Photography and Social Justice program. I've spoken about my work on NY1 and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Texas. I was awarded first prize in the Getty Images Creative Bursary. 


I've published stories with The New York Times Lens Blog  and The New York Times Exposures and with various other outlets and clients. 

Photo courtesy of Tejan Rahim