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 in 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 three books of fiction: the novel,El arca de la memoria: una biomitografía (The Chest of Memory:A Biomythography)(Editorial Isla Negra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011); a miscellany entitledCuarentena y otras pejigueras menstruales (Quarantine and Other Menstrual Trifles) (Editorial Isla Negra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013); and “Poemas de la soledad en Wisconsin (“Poems of the Loneliness in Wisconsin”) (Indómita Editores, San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, 2015).