ire’ne lara silva lives in Austin, TX, and is the author of two chapbooks: ani’mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published by Mouthfeel Press in October 2010 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry.
Nancy Agabian was born in 1968 to Armenian American parents in Walpole, Massachusetts, where she grew up. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she started writing poetry in Michelle T. Clinton’s multicultural women’s poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque Literary/Art Center in Venice, CA.
The daughter of a Laguna Pueblo, Sioux and Scottish mother, and a Lebanese-American father, Paula Gunn Allen was raised in a small New Mexican village. A major Native American poet, writer, lecturer, and scholar, Allen has won many awards, including the American Book Award and the Susan Koppleman Award.
Gloria Anzaldúa was a Chicana tejana-lesbian-feminist poet, theorist, and fiction writer from South Texas. In addition to authoring Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (Aunt Lute, 1987), she was the editor of the critical anthology Making Face/Making Soul: Haciendo Caras (Aunt Lute, 1990) and co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (Persephone, 1981), winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award.
Merlinda Bobis, a Filipina-Australian writer and performer, swears by the joys of the palate and the senses. “It is not simply about consumption of food or words, but delight in all their possible evocations—it is, after all, a shame not to do justice to the little pink animal in the mouth.”
Sara Levi Calderón was born and raised Jewish in México City. She married, gave birth to two children, got divorced, became a sociologist, and then fell in love and learned the wonders of becoming a lesbian.
DeeAnne Davis is published in various anthologies as a poet, but Aunt Lute published her first piece of fiction. She is an editor and writer of her own solo performance pieces. Davis has taught theatre workshops with youth, women, and low-income adults.
Jyl Lynn Felman is an award-winning writer, cultural activist, and performance artist whose work has appeared in over twenty newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. She has been featured on radio, including BBC and NPR. Her short story collection Hot Chicken Wings (Aunt Lute Books, 1995) was a Lambda Literary finalist.
Leela Fernandes is a Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Fernandes specializes in comparative politics, international feminism, and South Asian studies, and previously taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and Oberlin College.