María Isabel Álvarez is a first-generation Guatemalan-American writer. She received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction) from Arizona State University. Her writing has appeared in Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, Sonora Review, and Gulf Coast, among other venues, and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hedgebrook Artist Residency. Most recently, she was awarded the inaugural Matt Leone Fellowship at the Colgate Writers’ Conference. She teaches at ASU's The Writer's Studio, as well as Binghamton University, where she is also the Associate Director of Creative Writing.