About Irina

Irina Gonzalez is a freelance writer, editor, journalist, and essayist, focusing primarily on food, healthy living, relationships, travel, and Latinx issues. Her work has been featured in VICE, Glamour, Women’s Health, Latina and more. When she’s not working, she’s probably reading an audiobook or cuddling with her (new) husband and their attention-loving kitties and pup.

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Extended Bio

Irina Gonzalez is a freelance writer, editor, journalist, and essayist with over 12 years of experience in digital women’s lifestyle publications, including Latina magazine, SheKnows, Family Circle, MamásLatinas from Cafe Mom, Brit+Co, and more.

She is a regular contributor at mitú/Fierce by mitúSimplemost, and The Delite, , and a freelance writer with a focus on food, healthy living, relationships, travel, and Latinx issues. She has written for Glamour, VICE, Women’s Health, The Kitchn, A Practical Wedding, Ravishly, Eat This Not That, Good Housekeeping, Headspace, and more.

You can find the latest news under Blog & Updates, her best personal essays, and some of her favorite Published Clips above as well. She mostly writes about food, healthy living, relationships, travel, Latinx issues, and… a few other topics. Primarily those additional topics include feminism, parenting, recovery, beauty, and entertainment. She also occasionally does videos because she loves being on camera.

Beyond that, Irina used to spend most of her free time working on her memoir, Moscow Chica: How Growing Up in Russia and Cuba Made Me an American (progress is on pause for now) and is currently hard at work on a secret project. While you can find all of her work on this site, it is best to subscribe to her newsletter for the latest news and updates.

For more information and to get in touch, you can download Irina’s resume here or simply email her. Want more? Don’t forget to sign up for the her newsletter and follow Irina on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest!

More About Irina

I was born in Moscow to a Russian mom and Cuban dad. When I was eight years old, my family moved to the U.S. and settled in Southwest Florida. But I dreamed of living in a big city, so I set my sights on New York City.

After high school I attended New York University, where I double majored in Journalism and Dramatic Literature and received my cum laude Bachelor of Arts in May 2007. After graduating, I also completed a Digital Journalism Certificate from Media Bistro, and have taken several recreational writing, photography, and cooking classes.

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.59 PMDuring college, I interned at magazines like Latina, Good Housekeeping, and People. I have worked at InStyle, Family Circle, as a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas, and the Digital Audience Development Manager at Latina Media Ventures (publishers of Latina magazine, Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen). I was the Food Editor at SheKnows, a Freelance Editor at Brit+Co, and News Editor at 21Ninety. Currently, I’m a regular contributor at mitú and Fierce by mitú, writer at Simplemost and The Delite, and I freelance write for various other publications primarily about food, healthy living, relationships, travel, and Latinx issues.

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.35 PMIf you’re interested in finding out more about my work experience or reading some of my best published articles, take a look at my favorite writing clips.

Although I love all kinds of writing, my personal experience drives me to (mostly) focus on food and health. My passion for food, nutrition, and wellness started after I lost 100 pounds and gained a love of veggies. From there, I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I completed a certificate in holistic health coaching and have since used that knowledge to inform my writing (and personal life). It can still be a daily struggle to maintain my weight loss and feel confident about myself, but I’m happy and proud to be where I am today.

Adam+IrinaIn 2016, I turned 30 and decided that it was time to re-focus my life and do something I’ve only previously dreamed about: become a full-time freelance writer. To do that, I left NYC after almost 12 happy years and settled back in Southwest Florida. Shortly after, I met the love of my life (whom I recently married) and also started to seriously work on my memoir (tentatively titled Moscow Chica) about how growing up in Cuba and Russia made me an American. However, work on the memoir is paused for now and I am instead working on a secret project.

When I’m not working, I’m probably reading an audiobook or cuddling with the loves of my life: My (new) husband Adam and our attention-loving pets, Capt. Jack Sparrow the cat, Moose the dog and our newest addition, Daenerys Stormborn (Dany for short) the kitten.

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