Ana Merino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Creative Writing. She also works on Comics and Graphic Novels Criticism, Testimonial Representations and theories of Childhood Poverty and Marginality. She has published seven books of poetry, a youth novel, a scholarly book on comics and numerous articles and essays. Her poetry has been translated to several languages and it's included in more than twenty collections. Currently she is working on a scholarly book about the representations of marginal childhood and working on a project with artist Félix de la Concha focus on the memory of the Holocaust and its Survivors. Merino is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Cartoon Studies. In the summer of 2010 Merino created the Spanish Creative Literacy Project (SCLP) as an outreach project through the Spanish MFA and the undergraduate Spanish Creative Writing initiative at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The SCLP office is located in 123-G PH.
The Spanish Creative Literacy Project (SCLP) help members of the Hispanic community to appreciate the multiple literacy dimension of their linguistic heritage. The SCLP develops workshops in Spanish Creative Writing with children and teens with help of current students of the University of Iowa. The SCLP develops creative and didactic tools to help Hispanic students to motivate their creativity through reading and writing in Spanish. These creative workshops and all activities are open also to non-Hispanic children and teens of the community with an interest on Spanish creative writing. The SCLP establish links with the Hispanic community between other communities and share a common appreciation for the Hispanic Literary and creative tradition. These workshops reinforce the creative self-stem of children, teens and adults of the Hispanic community and open a creative dialogue among young members of different communities and other organizations that needs our support and expertise. At the same time SCLP trains University of Iowa students on the field of creative service to the community with a Hispanic component.