Ana Menéndez, MFA, is Program Director of "The Humanities Edge: Creating a Pathway to Diversified Scholarship," affiliated with the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at Florida International University.
Ms. Menéndez has published four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland! (2011), The Last War (2009), Loving Che (2003), and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd (2001), whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, and Tin House, and has been included in several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and a B.A. in English from Florida International University. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she now directs a program at FIU, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to assist approximately 5,000 local students pursuing an education in the humanities every year.