Claudia D. Hernández is currently based in Los Angeles—the same city she and her family migrated to when she was a child. Hernández is a poet, editor, translator, and bilingual educator, and writes in English and Spanish, and sometimes weaves in Poqomchi’, an indigenous language of her Mayan heritage.
Josie Méndez-Negrete, Professor of Sociology teaches Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was Lead Editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social from 2009 to 2014. Her first book, Las Hijas de Juan: Daughters Betrayed, was published by Duke University Press as a revised edition in 2006 and 2010. Her current book A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia published New Mexico University Press July 15, 2015. She continues to workshop a two-scene play based on A Life on Hold, as well as Cancionera Naci: Toña La Negra—a multimedia one-woman show that engages a discussion on the third root or African presence in Mexico. With various articles and chapter on books, her most recent project is a social history of activist leaders in San José, California, it is entitled Chicana/o Activist Leaders in San José, California--1930s to 1994: En sus propias voces. With her impending retirement, as an Emerita Professor, Méndez-Negrete expects to fully engage in the production of new books through Conocimientos Press, her independent venue for publication.