Ana Merino directs the MFA program in Spanish Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She has published seven books of poems: Preparativos para un viaje (winner of the Adonais Prize in 1994), Los días gemelos (1997), La voz de los relojes (2000), Juegos de niños (winner of the Fray Luis de León Prize in 2003/translated into English and published by Harbor Mountain Press in 2012), Compañera de celda (2006) (translated into English and published by Harbor Mountain Press in 2007), Hagamos caso al tigre (2010), and Curacíon (Accésit Jaime Gil de Biedma Prize, 2010). She is also the author of a youth novel, El hombre de los dos corazones (2009) and two plays, Amor muy frágil (2013), staged and travelled to several theaters in Switzerland on 2012 and 2013, and Las decepciones (forthcoming). A selection of her poetry was translated into German by teamart Verlag Zurich in 2009. Her poems have appeared in more than twenty anthologies, some translated into Portuguese, Slovenian, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, or Italian. Merino has also written fiction, criticism on comics and graphic novels with the essay, El cómic hispánico, and a monograph on Chris Ware. Merino has won the Diario de Avisos prize for her short articles on comics for the literary magazine Leer. Merino is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Cartoon Studies and has curated four comic book expositions.