Leslie Bayers, Assistant Professor of Spanish. B.S., M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Professor Bayers majored in Secondary Education as an undergraduate, but shifted her focus to Spanish American literatures and cultures for her graduate studies. Before beginning her PhD at the University of Kansas, she spent two years living in Quito, Ecuador, where she was a study abroad liaison for the University of Wisconsin and a high school English teacher. She defended her doctoral dissertation on contemporary Peruvian poetry in 2006 and has recently published articles analyzing texts that integrate visual and performative gestures with verse to explore intersections between political power, social oppression, and writing in the Andes. She also recently completed a co-translation, with Prof. José Ballesteros, of Marcial Molina Richter’s La palabra de los muertos o Ayacucho hora nona (forthcoming from Lluvia Editores in Peru). She is currently at work on a book exploring contemporary poetic expression from the Andean and Amazonian regions of Peru.