H. G. CARRILLO is the author of Loosing My Espanish, a novel, published by Pantheon Books and in paperback by Anchor Books.  His short stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Ninth Letter, Slice and other journals and publications.  Carrillo lives in Washington, DC, where he is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The George Washington University.  He is currently at work on a novel.

Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories: The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2007, and Zigzagger, published by Northwestern University Press in 2003. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2011. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award in 2008, Manuel was a finalist for the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation Individual Artist's Grant in Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a 2009 O.Henry Prize for a short story. He served as a juror for the O.Henry Prize in 2011. His work has appeared in The New York  Times, Rush Hour, Swink, Epoch, Glimmer Train, Edinburgh Review and Boston Review, and has aired on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. A native of Dinuba, California, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

Angie Cruz holds a BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.  She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of two novels, Soledad (Simon & Schuster 2001), which she has adapted into a screenplay, and Let It Rain Coffee (S & S 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has published short fiction and essays in magazines and journals, including Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora, The New York Times, Kweli, Phatitude, and South Central Review. She has been teaching creative writing for over 15 years in academic and nontraditional settings such as Texas A&M University, NYU, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and to middle schoolers for the National Book Foundation’s Bookup in Texas where she also serves on the advisory board. She has received numerous grants for her teaching and writing, including the Barbara Deming Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Camargo Fellowship, Van Lier Literary Fellowship, and NALAC Fund for the Arts Fellowship. She has also been awarded residencies: Yaddo, The Macdowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, La Napoule Foundation and The Millay Colony. She is a co-founder of Vandaljournal.com, a literary/art journal for transformative social change. Currently she is finishing her third novel, In Search of Caridad.

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in suburban Los Angeles. He has worked as a used appliance salesman, a cashier and egg candler on a chicken ranch, and a retail manager while pursuing his BA in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He went on to earn his MFA in Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and served as the editor of their literary journal, Faultline. His first novel, Still Water Saints (Random House, 2007), which has been released simultaneously in Spanish, has been named a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection for Spring, 2007. Alex is also the author of the forthcoming novel, The Five Acts of Diego León.

Helena María Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories (1985) and Under the Feet of Jesus (1995), a novel.  Her most recent novel, Their Dogs Came with Them, (2007), focuses on the dispossessed, the working poor, the homeless, and the undocumented of East Los Angeles, where Viramontes was born and raised.  Her work strives to recreate the visceral sense of a world virtually unknown to mainstream letters and to transform readers through relentlessly compassionate storytelling.  In the 1980s, Viramontes became co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association and literary editor of XhistmeArte Magazine.  Later in the decade, Viramontes helped found Southern California Latino Writers and Filmmakers. In collaboration with feminist scholar Maria Herrera Sobek, Viramontes organized three major conferences at UC-Irvine, resulting in two anthologies: Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature (1988) and Chicana Writes: On Word and Film (1993). Named a USA Ford Fellow in Literature for 2007 by United States Artists, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Luis Leal Award. A teacher and mentor to countless young writers, Viramontes is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Cornell University.

Before his first publication Ernesto Quiñonez was hailed by the Village Voice as a “writer on the verge”.  With the publication of Bodega Dreams (Vintage), the New York Times heralded the novel as a “New Immigrant Classic”. It has now became a landmark in contemporary literature, as it is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country.  Currently he is an Associate Professor at Cornell University’s MFA program.