Dr. Ana Merino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Creative Writing. She also works on Comics and Graphic Novels Criticism, Testimonial Representations and theories of Childhood Poverty and Marginality. She has published seven books of poetry, a youth novel, a scholarly book on comics and numerous articles and essays. Her poetry has been translated to several languages and it's included in more than twenty collections. Currently she is working on a scholarly book about the representations of marginal childhood and working on a project with artist Félix de la Concha focus on the memory of the Holocaust and its Survivors. Merino is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Cartoon Studies. In the summer of 2010 Merino created the as an outreach project through the Spanish MFA and the undergraduate Spanish Creative Writing initiative at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.