Dr. Julio A. Varela teaches undergraduate literature, humanities, and philosophy courses in South Florida, where he began teaching in 1993. Dr. Varela’s writing credits include Vortex to Virus, Myth to Meme: The Literary Evolution of Nihilism and Chaos in Modernism and Postmodernism, published in 2009 by VDM Verlag, as well as a number of book reviews for Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science. He received his doctoral degree in humanities from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Varela lives in Miami, Florida. Alma Mutters is his first novel.