Jean Guerrero

Jean Guerrero

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Jean Guerrero is a freelance multimedia reporter based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She covers travel, supply chains and human rights in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and is a member of the subscription-driven journalism platform Beacon. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent with Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in Mexico City covering coffee, sugar, gold and other commodities. Her work has also appeared in the Seattle Times, The Yakima Herald-Republic, The Las Vegas Sun and other papers. She grew up in San Diego, California, then moved to Los Angeles where she received her B.A. in journalism and a minor in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. She is working on a memoir about her paternal family's migration into the U.S. juxtaposed with her own move in the opposite direction, focusing on her relationship with her father, through the low-residency creative nonfiction MFA program at Goucher College.

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Spring 2014 Issue

Juanita and the Beach of Fairies

First Prize, 2013 Literal Latte Essay Award.
On April 23, 2011, during what is known in Mexico as Semana Santa — or “Holy Week” — I went swimming off of the coast of an abandoned beach at the edge of the northernmost jungle in the Americas, Los Tuxtlas, and a rip current sucked me out to sea.

Four other foreigners and I were the only people on the beach; we were a 20-minute hike from our rental vehicle and about an hour from the nearest town of Catemaco, a small lakeside pueblo known primarily for its shamans….

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