María DeGuzmán is Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has authored three scholarly books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, 2012); and Understanding John Rechy (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). She is currently working on a fourth book in the environmental humanities. She has published many essays and articles on Latina/o cultural production including the essay “Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South” in The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the article “LatinX Botanical Epistemologies” in Cultural Dynamics (2018). She is also a conceptual photographer who has shown in exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally and published in various literary journals such as Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, and Oyster River Pages. Additionally, she is a music composer and sound designer.