Armando González-Pérez emigrated from Cuba at the age of 18 to study English at Ferris State University in Michigan. During his first year, he was sponsored by a Big Rapids family, “his saviors,” with whom he’s remained close for more than five decades. Jeannie Willoughby, the book’s illustrator, is his sponsor sister.
Now an emeritus professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Armando received his doctorate from Michigan State University and taught for many years at Marquette University in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His many publications include An Essential Anthology of Afro-American Poetry; Critical Approaches to Afro-Cuban Literature; Afro-Cuban Theater of the Diaspora; and Feminine Voices in Contemporary Afro-Cuban Poetry.