Ylce Irizarry is interested in all things Antilles... She received her Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University and is currently Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. Her research areas include U.S. Latina/o and Chicana/o literature, Hispanic Caribbean historical fiction, Narrative Ethics, and Testimonio. Her most recent work appears in the edited collection, Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration. Other work has appeared in Antipodas (2009), Contemporary Literature (2007), CAS: Comparative American Studies (2006), and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory (2005). She is currently working on a manuscript that explores how Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures have been increasingly concerned with the possibilities for empowerment within these cultural communities, rather than with acculturation to the Anglo American mainstream. In her spare time, she has been known to make empanadas is 100 count batches and to further spoil her pug, Pompie 'El Papi Chulo' Irizarry.