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Ruth Behar is the author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story (Beacon Press, 1993), and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart (Beacon Press, 1996), and she is editor of the anthology, Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba (University of Michigan Press, 1995). A long prose poem, “La Cortada” is included in the anthology Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Norton, 1997). She resides in Ann Arbor and is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1998.]