Authors’ Bios

DAVE BUCHEN has written and illustrated numerous books including Why is a Tiger a Tiger? A Bestiary of Etymology. He is a member of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck with whom he has written several plays. He is the illustrator for its Baudelaire in a Box series, a seven-year-long project to make cantastoria from the poems of Les Fleurs du mal. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he performs with El Teatro Bárbaro and La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.

LAWRENCE LA FOUNTAIN-STOKES is Associate Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and until recently was the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he received his A.B. from Harvard (1991) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia (1999). He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009), Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (2009), and Abolición del pato (2013). He co-edited an issue of CENTRO Journal on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (Spring 2007) and is currently working on a book on transgender and drag performance titled “Translocas: Trans Diasporic Puerto Rican Drag.” He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010 and is a featured artist in the Feast of Fun YouTube series Cooking with Drag Queens. (San Juan de Puerto Rico, 1968).

Escritor, profesor y performero. Es catedrático asociado en la Universidad de Michigan, Ann Arbor, donde dirigó el Programa de Estudios Latinos y enseña en el Departamento de Cultura Americana, el Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas Romances y el Departamento de Estudios de la Mujer. Se especializa en estudios literarios y culturales latinoamericanos, caribeños y latinos LGBT. Recibió su bachillerato en artes de la Universidad de Harvard en 1991 y su maestría y doctorado de la Universidad de Columbia en Nueva York en 1999. Publicó su libro de ensayos Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora sobre migración y cultura homosexual puertorriqueña con la Editorial de la Universidad de Minnesota en 2009. Ha publicado dos colecciones de cuentos: Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (Editorial Bilingüe de Arizona, 2009) y Abolición del pato (Terranova Editores, San Juan de Puerto Rico, 2013). Su blog es  Lola von Miramar.

IDRIS GOODWIN is a playwright, rapper and essayist. His plays include HOW WE GOT ON, AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY, THIS IS MODERN ART, BLACKADEMICS, BARS AND MEASURES, and THE REALNESS. His work has been produced and/or developed by The Eugene Oneill Playwriting Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep. An accomplished Hip Hop artist and scholar his albums include BREAK BEAT POEMS and RHYMING WHILE BLACK. Goodwin was featured on HBO, Sesame Street and Discovery Channel. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection THESE ARE THE BREAKS (Write Bloody, 2011).

ANGELA WOODWARD is the author of the collection The Human Mind and the novel End of the Fire Cult. Her collection Origins and Other Stories won The Collagist’s 2014 prose chapbook competition and will be out from Dzanc in 2016. Her novel Natural Wonders, also forthcoming in 2016, was the winner of the 2015 Fiction Collective Two Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.

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