Born in Guatemala and raised in Arizona, María Isabel Alvarez received her MFA from Arizona State University where she received a Graduate Excellence Award. She is the recipient of an Artist Research and Development Grant and a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, scholarships from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Whiting Foundation, and residencies from Sundress Academy for the Arts and Hedgebrook. Her stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Sonora Review, Gulf Coast, Arts & Letters, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia Journal, among others, and her poetry can be found in DIALOGIST, Breakwater Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry.