Laís Lara Vanin is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University. Her research involves a critical study of the works of the twentieth-century Brazilian author Emi Bulhões. She won the Martins-Sadlier Prize for Best Paper in Brazilian Studies. “Senzala, gueto e quartinho de empregada: quando o negro sai da periferia em três contos de Emi Bulhões”, 2018. She also aspires to be a fictional writer. Her first short story won the 2019 Luis Dávila Prize for best graduate essay, which will be published in Chiricú Magazine in the Fall of 2019. Lara has been teaching Spanish and Portuguese for eight years and is enjoying her time at Indiana University, especially her activities related to Teatro Vida. In her free time, she loves baking cakes and dancing.