Margarite Fernández Olmos is Professor of Spanish at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. A recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Research Council, she has lectured and written extensively on contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures. Fernández Olmos is author of La cuentística de Juan Bosch: un análisis crítico cultural (1982) and Sobre la literatura puertorriqueña de aquí y de allá: aproximaciones feministas (1989, and co-editor with Doris Meyer of Contemporary Women Authors of Latin America: New Translations and Introductory Essays (1983). Her more recent books are Pleasure in the Word: Erotic Writings by Latin American Women (1993), Remaking a Lost Harmony: Stories from the Hispanic Caribbean (1995), Sacred Possessions: Vodou, Santeria, Obeah and the Caribbean (1997, all co-edited and translated with Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, The Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 to the Present (1997) with Harold Augenbraum, (1997), Rudolfo A. Anaya: A Critical Companion (1999), and two collections of essays: U.S. Latino Literature: A Critical Guide for Students and Teachers (2000), co-edited with Harold Augenbraum, and Healing Cultures: Art and Religion as Curative Practices in the Caribbean and its Diaspora (2001), co-edited with Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert.