A member of the Uruguayan Academy of Arts, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook is a professor of contemporary Spanish-American literature at the University of Missouri. Her work in critical theory covers themes in post-colonial feminism, culture, and Afro-Hispanic literature. She has published extensively in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Professor Cordones-Cook has also served as guest editor for professional journals, such as Letras Femeninas, Callaloo,and Revista Iberoamericana. Her books include: Poética de transgresión en Luisa Valenzuela (1991), ¿Teatro negro uruguayo? (1996), Looking Within (2003), a best-selling bilingual anthology of poetry by Nancy Morejón, and Soltando amarras y memorias (2009). She has also published two critical anthologies of theater: Mujeres en las tablas (2005) and Más allá del héroe (2008). Cordones-Cook has forthcoming a critical anthology of Afro-Latin American theater, Del palenque a las tablas, and a bilingual anthology of poetry, La Habana expuesta. Recently, she has been producing and directing a series of videos and documentaries on intellectuals of the African Diaspora in Cuba and the United States.