Emma Pérez is the author of Gulf Dreams, considered one of the first Chicana lesbian novels in print. Her Forgetting the Alamo received the Christopher Isherwood Writing Grant and widespread critical acclaim. She is also the author of the history The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicananas Into History from the Indiana University Press. Her long-time passion for lesbian fiction has kept her scouring shelves for stories while teaching Ethnic Studies, Chicana feminism, queer theory and creative writing. She lives in Denver, Colorado.