Carolina González is a recovering journalist and academic who keeps wanting to get back to the dissolute bohemian life she imagined for herself after she saw Jean-Jacques Beineix's film Diva in 1981. With Seth Kugel, she co-wrote the guidebook Nueva York: The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs (St. Martin's Press, 2006). She never quite lost the 20 pounds she gained tasting street tamales and Cuban sandwiches for the book. Currently, she works in communications for the union SEIU Local 32BJ, and continues to work independently on storytelling and radio projects. "Tía Milena/Milena Tía" was originally written in 2007. Milena is now nine years old.