Mariana Mazer is an MFA Candidate in Spanish Creative Writing and an Iowa Arts Fellow. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires and her work has taken her to the Caribbean, Canada, South East Asia and New Zealand. Her world travels ignited her passion for writing and for the past decade she has published various short stories and articles. She believes that writing can be used as a kaleidoscopic tool, a set of lens through which we can heal scars, question prejudices and misconceptions and transform them into new and more democratic ways of thinking. Her areas of specialty include fiction and poetry, and she intends to focus on ways to use art as a vehicle to help people rethink gender stereotypes and create more equitable and inclusive spaces.