Originally from Spain, Isidra Mencos has lived in the US since 1992. She holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Contemporary Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught for twelve years. Since she started writing personal essays and memoir in 2016, her pieces have appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Front Porch Journal, The Penmen Review, and Newfound among other publications. Her essay “My Books and I” was listed as Notable in The Best American Essays anthology. Her debut memoir Promenade of Desire—A Barcelona Memoir will come out October 2022 at She Writes Press. Read more about Isidra and subscribe to her newsletter.