Maricielo Shirley Ampudia Gutierrez (Mari for short!) was born in Lima, Peru, but was raised in Fairfax, Virginia. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University (GMU). She writes on feminism, animal rights, and the immigrant experience in the United States. She is a DACA recipient with the goal to represent, through writing and film, the differing and complex experiences of Latinas living in the United States, starting with her own. At GMU, Maricielo was the assistant editor for the Hispanic Culture Review and was part of the Poetry Daily team. She was also on the executive board for UndocuMason (previously Mason DREAMers) and the Vegan Society at GMU. Maricielo has two guinea pigs named Fisher and Allegro!