Richard O’Mara worked for forty years as a journalist–editorial writer, foreign editor, foreign correspondent– mainly for the Baltimore Sun. He is retired now from active journalism, but still writes for newspapers and journals such as VQR, Antioch Review, Sewanee Review, Under the Sun, Cimarron Review and High Plains Literary Review. His contributions to VQR over nearly a quarter century have largely been essays related to journalism and cultural and historical developments in Latin America. Most recently he spent three months as a Knight International Press Fellow helping out on a newspaper in Leon, Mexico. He is a graduate in English and History from the University of Maryland, he lives in Baltimore with his wife of over four decades, Susana Hanza O’Mara, born and raised in Argentina.