Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was the most prominent novelist in contemporary Mexico and, until his recent death, one of the leading voices in Latin America's Boom generation.
Roberto Cantu is Professor of Chicano Studies and English at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the editor of The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination (2014) and An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism (2013), and the translator of Jose Antonio Villarreal's novel Pocho from English to Spanish (1995). In 2010, he was recognized at his campus with the President's Distinguished Professor Award. He is currently editing a book of essays on Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya.