Mayra Lazara Dole was Born in Havana and raised in
Miami.  Her Award Commended Title, Down to the Bone
(Harper Collins), received a Starred ALA Booklist review,
was submitted to The National Book Awards, nominated
for ALA Best Books for YA 2009 and made the following
lists: Booklist’s Top Ten Novels, ALA Rainbow List and
CCBC Top Choices.  Her first magical realism piece,
Inside the Inside, will be published in the anthology,
CORNERED (July, 2012), and Run for your Life! in
Scholastic’s anthology: The Letter Q (May, 2012).  Also,
Down to the Bone will be released as an updated, expanded, revised second edition
(June 18, 2012).  Dole's essays, articles, Cuban dialect poems and short stories have
been published by Hunger Mountain: Vermont College Fine Arts Journal of the Arts (http:
//,Cipher Journal: A Journal of Literary
Translation, Palabra: A magazine of Chicano and Latino literary Art, and other paper and
online magazines.  Her bilingual picture books, Drum, Chavi, Drum!/¡Toca Chavi, Toca!
and Birthday in the Barrio/Cumpleaños en el Barrio were critically acclaimed.