Monica Fuentes joined Houstonia as associate art director in October 2016. Previously, she was art director at the Houston Press. Over her long career designing publications in Houston, Monica has developed working relationships into lasting friendships. She’s excited to bring her experience and passion for graphic design and photography to the team.

Monica grew up in Katy (go Tigers!) and attended the University of Houston (go Coogs!). She and her fiancé, both avid sports fans, happen to live with the greatest dog on the planet.

Pour

Amid an Onslaught of Openings, Local Breweries Fight to Stand Out

Overwhelmed? Begin a pilgrimage along the new brew trail with our top picks.

01/23/2017 By Jenna K. White

Ultimate Guide to Buffalo Bayou Park

Here's Houstonia's Handy Annotated Map of Buffalo Bayou Park

We've got the inside track on where to find the top picnic spot, best wildlife-viewing area, most dramatic skyline views and more.

01/23/2017 Illustrations by Tanyia Johnson and Monica Fuentes

Ice House

In Defense of Houston's Strip Malls

Their aesthetic merits are dubious; their environmental impact, baleful. Yet we argue there’s no purer distillation of Houston itself.

12/30/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

Those Million Mattress Firms Aren’t Going Anywhere—for Now

Wondering what will change with the Firm’s purchase by a South African furniture giant? So were we.

10/24/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: Pakistan

Desi radio, chaat and, of course, cricket

09/01/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt