Elizabeth Nunez is a Distinguished Professor of English at Medgar Evers College, the City University of New York, where she designed, developed and implemented many of the college’s first major academic programs. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and M.A. (1971) degrees in English from New York University, and her B.A. degree in English from Marian College in Wisconsin. She is the Director of the National Black Writers Conferences (NBWC), sponsored by five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Nunez’s publications include the novels Bruised Hibiscus, Beyond the Limbo Silence, which won the 1999 Independent Publishers Book Award in the multi-cultural fiction category, and When Rocks Dance. Her fourth novel, Discretion, will be published by Ballantine in 2002. She is co-editor of the collection of essays Defining Ourselves: Black Writers in the 90s, and author of several literary monographs. Nunez chairs the PEN American Open Book committee, which focuses on providing access for people of color to various aspects of the publishing industry. She has served as an evaluator for national and local programs in the arts and education and has raised over $10 million dollars in grants for educational, social and cultural programs in Brooklyn, New York. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Vera Rubin Residency Fellowship for the Yaddo Artists Colony, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Black Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and the Carter G. Woodson Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for her contributions to education and the arts.