ALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA has published three novels (2007, 2005, 1999), two collections of poetry (2003, 1989), and one short story collection (1993). Her poetry and fiction have been anthologized in numerous publications. Alicia's books have won several writing awards. In 2005, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Best Lesbian Novel and the Latino Book Award for Best English-Language Mystery. Sor Juana's Second Dream was awarded the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award for Best Historical Novel in 2001. And in 1994, she received the Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya "Premio Aztlán" for The Mystery of Survival and Other Stories. Alicia received a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship Award in poetry in 1989. Alicia Gaspar de Alba is Professor and Chair of the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA.
ORLANDO RICARDO MENES’ poems have appeared in several prominent anthologies, as well as literary magazines like Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Chelsea, Callaloo, Indiana Review, River Styx, Epoch, Spoon River Poetry Review, New Letters, Crab Orchard Review, and Green Mountains Review. Besides his own poems, he has published numerous translations of such poets as the Argentine Alfonsina Storni and the Cuban José Kozer. In this regard, My Heart Flooded with Water: Translations from the Poetry of Alfonsina Storni (Latin American Review Press, 2010) is forthcoming. Menes’ third collection of poetry, Furia, was published in 2005 by Milkweed Editions. He is also the author of Rumba Atop the Stones, published in 2001 by Peepal Tree Press (Leeds, England), in edition to being the editor of Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred (Bilingual Press, 2004) and the forthcoming The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). Menes is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame.