Julie Ann Ward was born in Oklahoma in 1983. She is an assistant professor of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma. Ward is a 2016-17 recipient of the OU Humanities Forum Fellowship, which supports her research on representations of borders in contemporary Mexican literature.
Nadia Villafuerte was born in Mexico in 1978. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Barcos en Houston (Ships in Houston) and ¿Te gusta el látex, cielo? (Do you like latex, Honey?), and the novel Por el lado salvaje (On the wild side).