Web-WCP_2301e.jpgMarisel Vera grew up in the barrio in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where she was raised by Puerto Rican emigrant parents. 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 and 2003. Vera’s first novel If I Bring You Roses was published by Hachette Book Group in 2011.