Lisa Alvarez’s debut collection of short fiction,Some Final Beauty and other Stories is forthcoming from the University of Nevada Press, as part of their New Oeste series. Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals including most recently Air/Light, Anacapa Review, Huizache, So it Goes, and in anthologies such as Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America (Norton) and most recently, Rumors, Secrets and Lies: Poems about Pregnancy, Abortion and Choice (Anhinga Press) and Dear California: The Golden State in Diaries and Letters (Stanford University Press) edited by David Kipen. She has edited three anthologies including Why to These Rocks: 50 years of Poetry from the Community of Writers (Heyday). For over 30 years, she has taught at Irvine Valley College where she co-directs the Puente Program. She co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of writers and serves as Assistant to the Poetry Director.