Rosa Alcala is the author of two chapbooks, Some Maritime Disasters This Century (Belladonna, 2003) and Undocumentary(Dos Press, 2008). Her work appears in the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry(University of Arizona Press, 2007), and in journals such as Mandorla, Chain, Barrow Street, Tarpaulin Sky,and The Brooklyn Rail. Alcala has also translated poetry by Cecilia Vicuna, Lourdes Vazquez, and Lila Zemborain, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.