Irina Gonzalez is a Latinx freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital women’s lifestyle publications, including Latina magazine, SheKnows, Family Circle, MamásLatinas from Cafe Mom, and more.
Currently, she is the Freelance Food Editor at Brit+Co, a Lifestyle Writer at Romper, and a regular contributor at Mom.me and MamásLatinas. She has written for Glamour, VICE, Women’s Health, The Kitchn, A Practical Wedding, Ravishly, The Establishment, Eat This Not That, Good Housekeeping, Headspace, and more.
You can find her latest writing and more under Blog & Updates and some of her favorite Published Clips above as well. She mostly writes about food, healthy living, love and sex, Latina life, and… a few other topics. Primarily those additional topics include feminism, what life is like for millennials, recovery, travel, beauty, and entertainment. She also occasionally does videos because she loves being on camera.
Beyond that, Irina spends most of her free time working on her memoir, Moscow Chica: How Growing Up in Russia and Cuba Made Me an American (for which she is currently seeking representation). While you can find all of her work on this site, it is best to subscribe to the #yearofwriting newsletter for the latest news and updates.
If you’d like her to write for you or you’re a publicist looking to get in touch, you can download Irina’s resume here or simply email her for more information. Want more? Don’t forget to follow Irina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.”
— William Faulkner
A little 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.
During 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 and am currently the Freelance Food Editor at Brit+Co. I’m also a Lifestyle Writer at Romper and a regular contributor at Mom.me and MamásLatinas. Plus I freelance write for various other publications primarily about food, healthy living, relationships, travel, and cultural identity.
If 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.
In 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 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.
When I’m not working on my book about growing up Russian and Cuban, I’m probably cuddling with the three loves of my life: My partner Adam and our attention-loving pets, Capt. Jack Sparrow the cat and Moose the dog.