Emily Pederson is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Raised in Rhode Island and based in New York, she has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, covering social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. Her documentary work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, La Jornada, The Huffington Post and El Faro. She holds a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University.

Octavio Guerra is an essayist and editor with a special focus on the history and current social issues of the Americas and Europe. His articles have appeared in independent magazines in Mexico, Spain and the U.S.

Diana Taylor is a university professor and professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the founder and director of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and is currently the president of the Association of Modern Languages (MLA).

HemiPress is the Hemispheric Institute’s award-winning digital publications imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. Using a variety of customized open-source digital humanities platforms, HemiPress includes the Gesture short works series, the Duke U.P./HemiPress digital books, stand-alone essays, and the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal emisférica, alongside interviews, Cuadernos, and other online teaching resources. It also provides state-of-the-art multilingual publication capacities and immersive formats for capturing the “live” of performance, as well as a digital “bookshelf”—the interface that houses all of the Institute’s publications and connects communities of readers across the Americas.