Carmen Tafolla is a native of the West-Side barrios of San Antonio and the author of more than 20 books. Tafolla has been recognized by the National Association for Chicano Studies for work which gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land” and has received numerous recognitions, including: the Art of Peace Award for work which contributes to peace, justice, and human understanding; the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best children’s picture book writing; the Americas Award, presented at the Library of Congress; two Tomás Rivera Book Awards; two ALA Notable Books; and two international Latino Book Awards. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, she is currently Writer-in-Residence for Children’s, Youth & Transformative Literature at the University of Texas San Antonio. Tafolla received her Ph.D. in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas in 1982 and is still doing postgraduate work on her Ph.C. (Curandera of Philosophy.) She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Dr. Ernesto M. Bernal, her daughter Ariana, her 94-year-old mother, three cats, two computers, one typewriter, a house full of books, a yard full of hierbitas, many dreams, some remedios, and a molcajete.