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Tenley Lozano

Image: A white woman in a pink t-shirt, pink glasses, and blue jeans is seated with her arm around a medium-sized seated dog on a sandy hiking trail with the ocean in the background. She grins and looks away from the camera as a the blond-furred dog licks her right ear. 

Contact Tenley: tenley.lozano at gmail.com 

After graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a degree in engineering in 2008, Tenley Lozano spent five years as an officer in the US Coast Guard. During her tenure, she worked in the engineering department on a ship that patrolled the eastern Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to the equator conducting counter-narcotic missions. She then attended Navy Dive School and spent two years as a Coast Guard Diver with Regional Dive Locker West at Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 in San Diego, California. 

Tenley's writing has appeared in the web series Permission to Speak Freely, O-Dark Thirty, The War Horse, in the anthology Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home, and she was featured on the series Incoming Radio. She was awarded Crab Orchard Review’s 2017 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize for an essay about PTSD and finding healing through backpacking with her dog. Tenley graduated from Sierra Nevada College with an MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) and she is writing a memoir that combines her experiences in the Coast Guard with stories of traveling with her service dog, Elu. 

You can find Tenley at her website, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter @tenleylozano

Tenley's current clips and multimedia projects

Tenley is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, and reported features

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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