Adriana Guarro Romero is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Italian at UCLA where she is currently working on her dissertation entitled Ties that Bind: Women and Friendship in Early Modern Italy, which traces and examines portrayals of female friendship through a comparative study of literary texts authored by sixteenth-century Italian women across three different popular Renaissance genres: epistolary writing, lyric poetry, and epic poetry. Her research interests primarily include Renaissance studies, early modern women writers, gender studies, the epistolary genre, the epic, and lyric poetry. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Italian Literature and Language from New York University with a M.A. thesis that focused on the theme of self-promotion in the letters two Renaissance courtesans, Veronica Franco and Camila Pisana. She is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of Carte Italiane, the bilingual, peer-reviewed graduate student journal of UCLA’s Italian Department.