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Carmen Boullosa (Mexico City, 1954) is the author of nineteen novels (with Deep Vellum: Texas: The Great Theft, translated by Samantha Schnee; Before, translated by Peter Bush; and Heavens on Earth, translated by Shelby Vincent), poetry collections (Hatchet, translated by Lawrence Schimmel), plays, and essays.
She has collaborated with visual artists and created artist’s books for her own work (printed at her press, Taller Tres Sirenas, in the eighties). Her work has been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo Carrillo Gil, and the Seminario de Cultura Mexicana in Mexico, the Sala Ruiz Picasso in Madrid, and elsewhere.
She is the recipient of the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize and the Ibargüengoitia Award in Mexico; the Anna Seghers and the LiBeratur Prize in Germany; the Novela Café Gijón Prize, the Rosalía de Castro Prize, and the Casa de América de Poesía Americana Prize in Spain; and the Typographical Era Award in the United States. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a DAAD Fellow, and a Cullman Center Fellow. The show Nueva York on CUNY-TV has won her six New York Emmys. She has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Columbia, NYU, SDSU, and Clermont Ferrand, and a faculty member at City College of New York. She is now a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. She splits her time between Coyoacán in Mexico City and Brooklyn.