Adriana Camarena is a Mexican from Mexico, complicated by an upbringing in the U.S., Uruguay, and Mexico. She became a resident of the Mission District of San Francisco in 2008.
Since arriving in the Mission, Adriana began collecting tales of borders, line-crossings, and overlapping identities told by residents to provide a layered picture of this traditionally working class immigrant neighborhood in California.
Adriana Camarena is currently working on a literary book project titled “Unsettled in the Mission”. Work-in-progress for this project will be featured and updated on this website.
Grants and residencies
- 2021 USC/Annenberg Center for Health Journalism grant with Lex Terrazas for El Tecolote)
- 2018 Mesa Refuge Residency
- 2017 Creative Work Fund grant with Acción Latina, bilingual work to be published in El Tecolote newspaper
- 2013-2014 Community Stories Grant with Shaping San Francisco, California Council of Humanities
- September 2013, Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Indian Lake, NY
- December 2012, Thematic Residency: Other Histories, Headlands Center of the Arts, Marin County, CA
- 2022 San Francisco Press Club Award, First Place, Investigative Reporting, “Rent made sheltering-in-place impossible for many of SF’s Latinx immigrants” in El Tecolote newspaper (category: non daily newspaper)
- 2020 San Francisco Press Club Award for “Unsettled in the Mission” column in El Tecolote newspaper (category: non daily newspaper)