Janice E. Rodríguez inhabits two realities—the rolling hills and broad valleys of her native eastern Pennsylvania, and the high, arid plains of her adopted land of Castilla-León in Spain. Each reality casts the other one in high relief, sharpening the focus and exciting the writing imagination. This isn’t a woman without a country; it’s a woman with two.

Born in 1958 of a horticulturist father and a mother who curated a large home library, Rodríguez grew up with her nose in a book. She earned a B.A. in French from Millersville University and a M.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches Spanish at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and visits Spain when she gets ahead of the weeds in her garden. When she’s not teaching, writing, or gardening, she’s in the kitchen working her way through a stack of cookbooks.