You can study Mexico, imagine Mexico, or debate about Mexico, but the best way to understand the spiritual landscape of this country is by listening to the stories of its writers. Let literature serve as a guidebook and discover today’s prevailing narratives, questions, and characters as captured by the rich imagination of its artists.
Cristina Rivera-Garza is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her works have been translated into multiple languages and she is a translator herself. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature, and the Anna Seghers Prize, she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña was born and raised in Mexico City. He came to the United States in 1978. His work includes performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory exploring cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, and border culture. The first Chicano/Mexicano artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (1991), he has published ten books and is the 1997 recipient of the American Book Award.
Claudio Lomnitz is a historian, anthropologist, and critic who works broadly on Mexican culture and politics. His books include cannonical works such as Death and the Idea of Mexico and The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón. His play El verdadero Bulnes won Mexico’s National Drama Award. Lomnitz writes a column in the Mexico City paper La Jornada and teaches at Columbia University.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been translated into many languages. She is the recipient of The Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award.
Guillermo Osorno is an editor, media entrepreneur, and journalist living in Mexico City. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism program and was editor in chief of the Latin American narrative journalism magazine, Gatopardo. Recently, he published Tengo que morir todas las noches, a story of ’80s underground and gay culture in Mexico City, and launched the news analysis website Horizontal.mx.
Juan Villoro is a Mexican writer and journalist. For three decades, Villoro has produced a steady output of articles for Mexican periodicals concentrating in such areas as sports, rock, cinema, literature, and travel. His first novel, El Dispargo de Argón, was published in 1991. In 2004, he won the Herralde Prize for his book El Testigo.
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