Lorraine M. López is an associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review and an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of five books of fiction and editor of two essay collections. Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction. Her second book, Call Me Henri, was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, and her novel, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters, was a Borders/Las Comadres Selection. López’s short story collection, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction in 2010 and winner of the Texas League of Writers Award for Outstanding Book of Fiction. She has also edited a collection of essays titled An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor or Working-Class Roots, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2009. Her recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits, and two coedited collections, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity, with Blas Falconer, and Rituals of Movement in the Writings of Judith Ortiz Cofer, with Margaret Crumpton Winter.