Laura Chalar (b. 1976) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she trained as a lawyer. She is the author of six books, most recently Unlearning: Poems (Coal City Press, 2017). She has also published numerous translations from and into Spanish (including works by Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft), as well as writing for children. Her anthology Touching the Light of Day: Six Uruguayan Poets was published last year by Veliz Books. The recipient of several literary awards, Laura is also a Pushcart Prize nominee whose first short story collection in English is forthcoming.