Ana Merino, 2016 Collegiate Scholar, directs the MFA program in Spanish Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She has published nine books of poems: Preparativos para un viaje (winner of the Adonais Prize in 1994), Los días gemelos (1997), La voz de los relojes (2000), Juegos de niños (winner of the Fray Luis de León Prize in 2003/translated into English and published by Harbor Mountain Press in 2012), Compañera de celda (2006) (translated into English and published by Harbor Mountain Press in 2007), Hagamos caso al tigre (2010), Curación (Accésit Jaime Gil de Biedma Prize, 2010), El viaje del vikingo soñador (2015) and Los buenos propósitos (2015). She is also the author of a youth novel, El hombre de los dos corazones (2009) and two plays, Amor muy frágil (2013), staged and travelled to several theaters in Switzerland on 2012 and 2013, and Las decepciones (Literal, 2014). A selection of her poetry was translated into German by teamart Verlag Zurich in 2009. Her poems have appeared in more than twenty anthologies, some translated into Portuguese, Slovenian, French, Dutch, Bulgarian, or Italian. Merino has also written fiction, and extensive criticism on comics and graphic novels. She has an academic book El cómic hispánico, and a monograph on Chris Ware. Merino has won the Diario de Avisos prize for her short articles on comics for the literary magazine Leer. Studies and has curated four comic book expositions.
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) helps 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.