Irene was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies’ Gallery (Other Press, 2009, originally published by Random House in 1996) was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press Notable Book of the Year and was a finalist for Mind Book of the Year (UK) and the Latino Book Award. Her latest memoir, Impossible Motherhood (Other Press, 2009) won the 2010 IPPY gold medal for best memoir/autobiography. Both memoirs explore generational and national trauma.
Vilar worked as acquisitions editor for Women and Jewish Studies at Syracuse University Press and from 2002 to 2005 served as founder and series editor of The Americas book series published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Currently she is series editor of The Americas at Texas Tech University Press. Vilar is also founder and director of The Americas for the Arts, Inc 501(c)(3), a nonprofit dedicated to majoritizing minority arts and peoples through two main initiatives: The Americas Latino Festival 2013 and Vilar Creative Agency. Vilar is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Oxford Union Debate Society.
Awilda is VCA's intern. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico. Her book, Adiós, Mariana y otras despedidas, was winner of the 2010 Interuniversity Literature Contest of the University of Puerto Rico and was chosen El Nuevo Dia top 10 book of the year in 2010. Caez has received several awards in various literary contests in Puerto Rico. Her short stories have been published in multiple newspapers and magazines. In January 2011 she was selected by the magazine CARAS as one of seven outstanding persons in the arts, in the article entitled “Boricuas to watch”. She has worked as a cultural journalist for radio and press. Awilda is cofounder of Editorial Pasadizo and during five years has served as Editor in Chief. Currently, she designs and teaches short stories workshops and is a lecturer on themes related to book editing, correcting and publishing.
Yéssica Delgado Mora
Yéssica is VCA's intern. She received a double major in Foreign Languages and Drama from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Contemporary Practice of Shakespearean Theatre from Essex University, England. As a faculty member at the University of Puerto Rico she has taught in its various campuses and is currently completing a Post Graduate degree in Creative Literature. Delgado resides in Puerto Rico where she makes her mark as a producer of tv, radio and theatre and serves as editorial liaison for VCA. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.