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Faculty - MFA Latin America

Carolina De Robertis

Carolina De Robertis (Fiction)
Carolina De Rebertis is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Perla (Knopf, 2012)and The Invisible Mountain (Knopf, 2009). Her work has been translated into 16 languages. The Invisible Mountain was named a best book of the year by San Francisco Chronicle, O - The Oprah Magazine, and Booklist. She is the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize and a 2012 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also the translator of two Latin American novels: The Neruda Case, by Roberto Ampuero (Riverhead, 2012), and Bonsai,by Alejandro Zambra (Melville House, 2008). Her writings and literary translations have appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. De Robertis grew up in a Uruguayan family that emigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. She makes her permanent home in Oakland, California, though she is spending 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she is co-producing a documentary film entitled Afro Uruguay: Forward Together, as well as working on her third novel.

Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill (Fiction)
Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, as well as the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To and Don't Cry.  Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the feature film of the same name.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.  In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction.  She has taught at U-C Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, The New School, Brown and Syracuse University.  Her novel Veronica was nominated for the National Book Award in 2005; it was also nominated for the National Critic’s Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award.  Last year she was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library; she is presently the Peter Trias Writer-In-Residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  

Cristina García

Cristina García   (Fiction/Young Adult)
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador's Hotel and the just published King of Cuba, a darkly comic novel featuring a fictionalized Fidel Castro. Her recent young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, is set in a Swiss boarding school in the 1970s. She has also edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature.  García's work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. Recently, Garcia was a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin as well as the University of Miami. Currently, she is University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction)
Francisco Goldman has published four novels and one book of nonfiction.  His most recent novel is Say Her Name, published in April 2011.   His books have been published in 16 languages.  The Long Night of White Chickens won the American Academy’s Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; his other novels have been finalists for several prizes, including The Pen/Faulkner and The International IMPAC Dublin literary award.  The Art of Political Murder won The Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award and The WOLA/Duke human rights book award. In France, Say Her Name won the 2011 Prix Femina Etranger. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow at the NY Public Library, and a 2010 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.  He has written for The New YorkerNew York Times Magazine, Harper's and many other publications.  He divides his time between Brooklyn, NY and Mexico City; teaches creative writing and literature at Trinity College; and directs the Aura Estrada Prize.

Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel Gonzales (Fiction)
Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories published by Riverhead Books and the forthcoming novel, The Regional Office is under Attack!, also to be published by Riverhead Books. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Esquire, The Believer, McSweeney's, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review, and One Story Magazine. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children, where he is the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit writing & tutoring center for kids.

Fred Leebron

 Fred Leebron (Fiction)
Fred Leebron directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Queens. He also is a professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His novels include "Six Figures," "In the Middle of All This" and "Out West."  He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award.  He is co-editor of "Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology" and co-author of "Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion."

Ada Limón

Ada Limón (Poetry)
Ada Limón is the author of three collections of poetry. Her most recent book Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010) was named one of the top 30 books of 2010 by Coldfront Magazine. Her second collection This Big Fake World was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize, while her first collection Lucky Wreck, was selected by Jean Valentine as the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize.  Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly Online, Poetry Daily, and The New Yorker. She has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. She is currently finishing her first novel, a book of essays, and a fourth collection of poems. She works as a writer and lives in Kentucky and California.

Orlando Menes

Orlando Menes (Poetry)
Orlando Menes was born in Lima, Perú, to Cuban parents but has lived most of his life in the U.S.  Since 2000 he has taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame, where he currently directs the Creative Writing Program.  His third poetry collection, Fetish, won the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.  He is also the author of Furia (Milkweed, 2005) and Rumba atop the Stones (Peepal Tree, 2001).  His poems have appeared in several prominent anthologies, as well as literary magazines like Ploughshares, Harvard Review, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Hudson Review, Shenandoah, Callaloo, Indiana Review, River Styx, Epoch, Spoon River Poetry Review, New Letters, Crab Orchard Review, and Green Mountains Review.  In addition, Menes is editor of Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2004) and The Open Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011).  Besides his own poems, Menes has published translations of poetry in Spanish, including My Heart Flooded with Water: Selected Poems by Alfonsina Storni (Latin American Literary Review Press, 2009).  He also received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Stage & Screen)
Chris Offutt grew up in Haldeman, Kentucky, a former mining town of 200 people in the Daniel Boone National Forest. He is the author of Kentucky Straight, Out of the Woods, The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and The Good Brother. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, and National Public Radio.  He has received awards from the Mississippi Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the NEA, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Granta Magazine included him in their list of the "Top 20 Young American Writers."   He wrote screenplays for HBO’s “True Blood” and “Treme”, Showtime’s “Weeds,” and TV pilots for Lions Gate and CBS.  His TV work was nominated for an Emmy.  He is currently writing a pilot for Lifetime/Fox.  Essays and stories are forthcoming from Playboy and The Oxford American.  He lives in rural Lafayette County and teaches at the University of Mississippi.

Nelly Rosario

Nelly Rosario (Fiction)
Nelly Rosario was born in Santo Domingo and raised in New York City.  She is the author of Song of the Water Saints, which won a PEN/Open Book Award. Rosario earned an MFA from Columbia University and a BS in engineering from MIT, where she minored in Latin-American Studies. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and publications, including ReviewMeridiansCallalooThe New York Times, and el diario/La Prensa.  Rosario teaches in the MFA Program at Texas State University.

Maxine Swan

Maxine Swann (Fiction, Nonfiction)
Maxine Swann is the author of three  novels, Serious Girls, Flower Children and, most recently, The Foreigners, which takes place in Buenos Aires, where she has resided for the past decade. Recipient of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, her fiction has also received a Pushcart Prize, an O'Henry Award, a Cohen Award, and been featured in the Best American Short Stories. She is a founding editor of the bilingual literary magazine, The Buenos Aires Review  and a contributor to The New York Times and The Buenos Aires Herald, among others.

Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar (Fiction, Nonfiction)
Hector Tobar is a Los Angeles born novelist and journalist. He is the author of three books. Most recently, The Barbarian Nurseries, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2011 and won the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction, a distinction Tobar shares with John Steinbeck, Michael Chabon, T.C. Boyle, and many other distinguished California writers. For two decades, Tobar worked for the Los Angeles Times as a city reporter, national and foreign correspondent, and columnist. He was the Buenos Aires and Mexico City bureau chief and worked on assignments from Alaska to Patagonia, and from East Los Angeles to Iraq. He was also part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots. He has also worked as Features Editor at the LA Weekly and as editor of the bilingual San Francisco magazine El Tecolote. He has a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California Irvine, and studied at UC Santa Cruz and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. He is the author of Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States (Riverhead Books) and The Tattooed Soldier, a novel (Penguin). He's the father of three children and the son of Guatemalan immigrants. His next book is a work of literary nonfiction about 33 trapped Chilean miners; it's scheduled to be published in 2014 by FSG.


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