Marisel Vera’s first novel If I Bring You Roses was published by Hachette Book Group in 2011. If I Bring You Roses is about a Puerto Rican couple who migrates to Chicago during Operation Bootstrap.
Vera grew up in the barrio in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Vera studied writing with Paulette Roeske, Margaret Gibson, Jonis Agee, Rosellen Brown, and Cristina Garcia. Vera won the Willow Review literary magazine’s fiction prize for two of her short stories in 2000 (The Liberation of Carmela Lopez) and 2003 (Shoes for Cuba).