Nancy Alonso (Havana 1949) received her degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Havana in 1972. She served as a professor and researcher at the Medical School of Havana for more than twenty years, two of which were spent as an international partner at the Jimma Institute of Health Sciences in Ethiopia. Currently she works for Boloï¿½a Press, in the Office of the Havana Historian. She has published three volumes of short stories: Tirar la primera piedra, Cerrado por reparaciï¿½n, (translated into English by Anne Fountain as Closed for Repairs) and Desencuentro. Some of her works appear in anthologies in Cuba as well as the United States and Europe. She is the editor, along with Grisel Terrï¿½n, of Epistolario de Emilio Roig (Collected Epistolary of Emilio Roig), Havana's first official historian. Forthcoming is a volume co-authored with Mirta Yï¿½ï¿½ez titled "Damas de Social: Intelectuales cubanas en la revista Social" (Social Ladies: Cuban Intellectuals in Social Magazine). Alonso is at work on her fourth book of short stories.