Mayra Santos-Febres was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 1966. She studied literature at the University of Puerto Rico and has a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She has been a visiting scholar at Rutgers (1992), Cornell (1994), and Harvard University (2004), as well as the Complutense University in Spain (2013), and Leipzig University in Holland (2005), among others. She co-created the Creative Writing Program for the University of Puerto Rico and founded and directed The Word Festival/Festival de la Palabra, the most internationally recognized Literary Festival in Puerto Rico (2010-2019). Santos-Febres is currently the Principal Investigator for the development of the University of Puerto Rico’s Afro Diasporic and Race Studies Program, which recently received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for academic diversification. As a writer, Mayra Santos-Febres has won many international prizes and recognitions, such as the Letras de Oro Award (Spain, 1994), one of Radio France Juan Rulfo Awards (1998), and the Premio Primavera Award, Spain (2011) for her novel Nuestra Señora de la Noche. She has published the poetry collections Anamú y manigua (1990), El orden escapado (1991), Boat People (1994), Tercer Mundo (2004), Lecciones de renuncia (2021), and Huracanada (2018). Her short story books include Pez de vidrio y otros cuentos, El cuerpo correcto, Un pasado posible y Mujeres violentas. She has also published the novels Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2001), Cualquier miércoles soy tuya (2002), Fe en disfraz (2009), Nuestra Señora de la noche (2006), and La amante de Gardel (2015).