Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez specializes in Colonial Latin American literature. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation on the ethical and political uses of humor in the protofeminist writing of Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is also interested in the literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean, particularly Puerto Rican poetry. Professor Cortés-Vélez divides her time between teaching, academic research, and creative writing. Among her current research projects is a book on Sor Juana’s discourse on sexual difference. She has published two books of fiction, the novel,El arca de la memoria: una biomitografía(The Chest of Memory:A Biomythography) (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Isla Negra, 2011) and a miscellany entitled Cuarentena y otras pejigueras menstruales (Quarantine and Other Menstrual Trifles) (San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Isla Negra, 2013). She has completed the manuscript of her first poetry book, “Poemas de la soledad en Wisconsin” (“Poems of the Loneliness in Wisconsin”). She is currently working on a short story collection and a play.