Lorraine Lopez, award-winning Latina writer and Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will give a reading of a recent work-in-progress. Professor Lopez’s short story collection, Soy la AvonLady and Other Stories (2002) won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction. Her second book,Call Me Henri, was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novel The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters was a Borders/Las Comadres Selection for the month of November in 2008. In 2010, her short story collection Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Prize. Lopez’s recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (2011), and a collection of essays, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (2012), coedited with Blas Falconer.