Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins (Akashic Books), Days of Awe (Random House) and two other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This is What Happened in Our Other Life (A Midsummer Night’s Press), was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited and translated, into English, Havana Noir (Akashic Books), a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation, into Spanish, of Junot Diaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead)/La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (Vintage/Mondadori) was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benitez Translation Prize from the national translators’ association. She is a member of the editorial board of In These Times, the editorial advisory board of the Great Books Foundation and a blogger for WBEZ.org.