Elisa Fernández-Arias lives in Rome, Italy, where she spends most of her time writing and performing at open mics (and running her new spoken word open mic, Open Vox Rome)–and traveling when she can! She also works at John Cabot University and the American University of Rome, where she teaches English composition and creative writing. Elisa completed her MFA in fiction writing and translation at Columbia University in 2014, where she was awarded the De Alba and Chair’s Fellowships to subsidize her studies. Elisa is currently seeking representation for a novel she just completed, THE UNDER. Feel free to follow her on twitter, @elisamariarox, or to read some of her blog posts in her travel blog, www.elisawrites.wordpress.com.