Mayra Lazara Dole was Born in Havana and raised in Miami. Her Award Commended Title, Down to the Bone, received a Starred ALA Booklist review, was nominated for ALA Best Books for YA 2009 and made the following lists: Booklist’s Top Ten Novels, ALA Rainbow List and CCBC Top Choices. She has been a Lambda literary YA judge. Her essays, articles, Cuban dialect poems and short stories have been published by Hunger Mountain: Vermont College Fine Arts Journal of the Arts and other digital and paper literary magazine. Her bilingual picture books, Drum, Chavi, Drum!/¡Toca Chavi, Toca! and Birthday in the Barrio/Cumpleaños en el Barrio are critically acclaimed.