Blanca Anderson, from Puerto Rico, lives in New Orleans, LA and teaches Spanish American Literature at Loyola University New Orleans. She has published two collections of poems, Ecos arañados (Ediciones Torremozas, 1996) and Poemas de amor y de alquimia (Ediciones Nuevo Espacio, 2003), and her poetry has been included in anthologies in Mexico and Spain. In 2003, she published a novel, La edad del arrepentimiento (Ediciones Nuevo Espacio). She is also the author of three collections of short stories, Cuando los heraldos piden tregua (Editorial Pliegos, 1996), La última noche (Ediciones Torremozas, 2006), and Entre la magia y el conjuro (URUK Editores, 2009).
André, María Claudia–
María Claudia André es catedrática del Departamento de Lenguas Modernas en Hope College en Holland, Michigan. Ha participado en conferencias nacionales e internacionales en las áreas de literatura, género y estudios latinoamericanos. Ha publicado reseñas, entrevistas y artículos en varias revistas académicas y ha colaborado con ensayos y artículos en varios textos críticos. Algunas de sus publicaciones recientes como editora son: Iconos femeninos latinos e hispanoamericanos. (Floricanto Press, 2006), Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2008), Antología de dramaturgas argentinas de los años 20 (Ed. Nueva Generación, 2010), y The Woman in Latin American and Spanish Literature: Essays on Iconic Characters (McFarland, 2012).
Born in Santo Domingo in 1977, Rey is the author of several works of fiction including Candela (Alfaguara – PR Pen Club Awards 2009); Amoricidio (FIL-Santo Domingo Fiction Award 2006) and Saturnario (Ultramar Literature Prize NYC-2010). He’s been researching the connection between body, language and literature for several years. His performance Ciudadano Cero made the Official Selection at the Santo Domingo International Theater Festival in 2006 and was the inaugural performance at the Puerto Rican International Theater Festival in 2007. Andújar is a PhD Candidate in Caribbean Literature and Philosophy at Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe and teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago and Morton College.
Claire Brewster is a senior lecturer in Latin American History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. She amassed a large collection of Poniatowska’s essays while conducting her PhD research, a fraction of which are analyzed in her first book, Responding to Crisis in Contemporary Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2005). Since then she has co-researched and published work on Mexico City’s hosting of the Olympic Games, with Keith Brewster. Their current research project is a consideration of the development and importance of national sports in 20th century Mexico, of which an article, “Sombreros and Skyscrapers: The Question of Image in the 1968 Mexico Olympics,” was published in National Identity and Global Events: Culture, Politics and Spectacle in the Olympics and Football World Cup (New York: State University of New York Press, 2005).
Camacho de Schmidt, Aurora–
Aurora Camacho de Schmidt studied Philosophy in Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She received a master’s and doctoral degree in Latin American literature from [End Page 167] Temple University. In the 1980s, she directed the Mexico-U.S. Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee. Her research explores the relationship between Latin American literature and social change. With historian Arthur Schmidt, she translated and introduced Elena Poniatowska’s Nada, nadie: las voces del temblor (1988) and Alberto Ulloa Bornemann’s Sendero en tinieblas (2004) into English. She taught at Swarthmore College since 1992 until her retirement in September of 2013. She has been an immigrant rights advocate for the last 30 years.
Chinchilla, Manuel A.–
Currently Assistant Professor at The University of the South, Professor Chinchilla obtained his BA in Spanish and a minor in Italian from Louisiana State University in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from The University of Michigan in 2009. His field of research is Latin American Literature and politics, with a focus on the relationship between narrative genres, militancy and the interpretation of history. He teaches courses on contemporary Mexican literature and Latin American culture and film, and is developing his interest in 20th century Italian literature and...