Mercy Romero is a writer and professor. She was born in Connecticut, raised in New Jersey, and lives in the Bay Area in California. She received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches American Literature and American Studies at Sonoma State University. She is the author of Toward Camden (Duke University Press, 2021) and has published works in publications including Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (2019) and Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry (2017). Her awards and honors include being named the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholar in Residence and the National Endowment for the Humanities-Ford Foundation Fellow 2021-2022 and receiving the Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award of 2021. She is inspired to write by her “curiosity and love of archival research, people, and language.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, Romero says, “This fellowship feels like a reminder ‘to keep going.’” She is honored to receive this fellowship in this spirit and in the loving memory of her grandparents, Margarita and Antonio Lopez and Maria Mercedes and Alfredo Romero.