Sandra Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation, the Elvira Cisneros Award and the Macondo Foundation, all of which  work on behalf of creative writers. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a MacArthur.  Her writings include novels: THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET and CARAMELO; short stories:  WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK; and poetry collections:  MY WICKED WICKED WAYS and LOOSE WOMAN and a children’s book, HAIRS.  She is currently at work on several writing projects including A HOUSE OF MY OWN, a book of essays,; WRITING IN MY PAJAMAS, writing tips; HOW TO BE A CHINGONA, life tips; INFINITO, stories; CANTOS Y LLANTOS, poems. Her most recent books are a children's book, BRAVO, BRUNO with artist Leslie Greene published in Italy, and HAVE YOU SEEN MARIE?, an illustrated book for adults with artist Ester Hernández, published in the US in October, 2012

Nelly RosarioNelly Rosario is the author of Song of the Water Saints, winner of a 2002 PEN/Open Book Award. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and publications, including ReviewChess LifeMeridiansCallaloo, the New York Times, and el diario/La Prensa. Rosario formerly served on the faculty of the MFA Program at Texas State University and is a recent Visiting Scholar in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program at MIT.

IRIS GOMEZ is the author of the novel Try to Remember (Grand Central 2010), which won an International Latino Book Award and was listed on the recommended reading lists of O, The Oprah Magazine and Latina as well as the Boston Globe bestseller list. She is the author of two poetry books, When Comets Rained (CustomWords 2004) and Housicwhissick Blue (The Edwin Mellen Press 2003) and received a Chicano-Latino Literary Prize in poetry.  Her writing has been published in numerous literary journals, and a recent essay appears in Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska 2014), an anthology on Latinas and college. In addition to an MFA in Writing, she has a law degree and works as an immigrant rights attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Lyn Di Iorio is the author of the novel Outside the Bones (2011), which won ForeWord Review's 2011 Silver Book of the Year Award in the category of literary fiction, was Best Debut Novel on the 2011 Latinidad List, and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Prize, and other prizes. She was also #2 on the 2012 TOP TEN LATINO AUTHORS TO WATCH AND READ LIST.  A Professor of English at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, she is also the author of Killing Spanish: Literary Essays on Ambivalent U.S. Latino/a Identity and co-editor of Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism and Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures.  She has stories forthcoming in the Review of the Americas Society and New Guard magazine, and one of her stories was a finalist in The Sean O'Faolain International Short Story Competition.  She also has an essay forthcoming in the anthology of essays Junot Diaz and the Decolonial Imagination. She is currently at work on a second novel called The Sound of Falling Darkness, an excerpt of which was a runner-up for the 2011 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progress Award. 

Sonia Saldívar-Hull received her PhD in English from the University of Texas, Austin. She is a Professor of English and the founding Executive Director of the Women's Studies Institute at University of Texas, San Antonio. She came to the University of Texas at San Antonio as an Associate Professor in 2001 after 11 years at the University of California, Los Angeles. Feminism on the Border: Chicana Politics and Literature, her book on Chicana feminist theory and cultural studies was published by the University of California Press in 2000. She has published numerous book chapters, articles and introductory essays on Chicana literature, feminism, and the cultural intersections of borderland studies, including the Critical Introduction to the 2nd Edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/la frontera.
She was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award for Literary and Cultural Criticism by the Western Literature Association in 2003. She has been the co-editor of the Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations book series with Duke University Press since 1997. She was elected to the Executive Council of the American Studies Association. Professor Saldívar-Hull also serves on the National Advisory Board for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambios Social, and was an Associate Editor for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2000 to 2003.