caroline eaton tracey
writer

caroline.e.tracey at gmail dot com




What is a River? Three Visions of the Rio Grande
SFMOMA Open Space
October 2018
“Starting with the 1933 creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, US water development was underpinned by a new unit of management: the river basin. Instead of moving, living things connected from headwaters to mouth, rivers managed at the basin level became conduits for catchment and irrigation storage, their flow divided into segments considered and manipulated in isolation from one another.

...The IBWC’s Rio Grande dams came with an additional effect. By making vast reservoirs out of muddy shallows once easily crossed on foot, they turned the river into a physical border.”








Caroline Eaton Tracey writes about the US Southwest, Mexico, and the borderlands between the two. She speaks and works in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Caroline’s reporting appears in n+1, the Nation, the Guardian, and elsewhere. In Spanish she covers the US-Mexico borderlands for Mexico’s Revista Nexos. Her reportage about migrant death in South Texas won the 2019 Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars nonfiction contest. 

Her personal essays appear in the Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop, New South, and elsewhere. “A River Passes By Here” was runner-up in the 2020 Financial Times/Bodley Head essay contest; “The Ephemeral Forever” won Ruminate Magazine’s 2021 VanderMey Nonfiction Contest.

Her art writing has appeared in Nexos, Variable West, SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Burlington Contemporary.

She is currently seeking representation for SALT LAKES, her manuscript of essays, as well as preparing a book proposal about the effects of US border and migration policy in Mexico. 

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Caroline Eaton Tracey escribe sobre la geografía de México, el Suroeste de Estados Unidos y la frontera entre ellos. Habla ingles, español y ruso.

Sus artículos aparecen en n+1, The Nation y The Guardian, entre otros lugares. En español cubre la frontera norte para la Revista Nexos. En 2019, un artículo suyo sobre el fallecimiento de migrantes en el desierto del sur de Texas ganó el premio de no ficción de Scoundrel Time/Summer Literary Seminars. 

Sus ensayos aparecen en Kenyon Review Online, Full Stop y New South, entre otros lugares. “Aquí Pasa Un Río” ganó segundo lugar en el premio de ensayo Financial Times/Bodley Head de 2020; en 2021 “Lo Efímero, Para Siempre” ganó el concurso de no-ficción VanderMey de Ruminate Magazine. 

Sus reseñas y ensayos sobre el arte han aparecido en Nexos, Variable West, Open Space (plataforma del Museo de Arte Moderno de San Francisco) y Burlington Contemporary.

Actualmente está preparando un manuscrito de ensayos y una propuesta para un libro sobre los efectos de la política migratoria/fronteriza de Estados Unidos en México. 

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