Nelly Rosario, Macarena Del Rocio Hernandez and Sheila Maldonado


MACARENA HERNÁNDEZ (l.) is a multimedia journalist and educator. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Latina, among other publications. Her essays and columns have been anthologized in both college and high-school textbooks, and her video work has been featured on Frontline/PBS and numerous media websites. She has served as staff columnist at The Dallas Morning News and as the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News. Hernández holds a B.A. in English Professional Writing and Journalism from Baylor University, and Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she is the Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor in Humanities at the University of Houston - Victoria.

SHEILA MALDONADO (m.) is the author of one-bedroom solo, her debut poetry collection. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She is the recipient of three Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance grants. Maldonado holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from the City College of New York, where she was awarded the Jack Zucker and Raymond Patterson poetry prizes. She teaches creative writing for the City University of New York and Teacher & Writers Collaborative.

NELLY ROSARIO (r.) is the author of Song of the Water Saints, which won a PEN Open Book Award. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and publications, including ReviewThe New York Times, Meridians, Chess Life Magazine, and CallalooRosario holds a Bachelor's in engineering from MIT and an MFA from Columbia University. She is a columnist for el diario/La Prensa and teaches in the MFA Program at Texas State University.