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Carmen Boullosa

Portrait of Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa
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Carmen Boullosa

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.

Articles by Carmen Boullosa

The City and the Writer: In Mexico City with Carmen Boullosa
By Carmen Boullosa
The city has devoured itself over and over again.
Translated by Samantha Schnee
Almonds & Dreams: A Recipe
By Carmen Boullosa
In honor of the May 2017 issue, The Global Feast: Writing about Food, a recipe contributed by author Carmen Boullosa. Guest editor Rohan Kamicheril, who tried the recipe out, confirms that the rich, gently…
From “Texas: The Great Theft”
By Carmen Boullosa
Eleven years have passed since the town of Bruneville was founded on the banks of the Rio Bravo, just a few miles up-river from the Gulf. It was named after Ciudad Castaño, the legendary shining…
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
A Report from Hell
By Carmen Boullosa
The so-called “war on drugs” began five years ago. According to official sources, the victims—children, teens, adults, women, men—number roughly 50,000; other sources claim over…
Translated from Spanish
Multilingual
The History of the Present: Sergio González Rodríguez on the Mexican Literary World and the Drug War
By Carmen Boullosa
Carmen Boullosa: When I approached you for this interview you said you were convinced that the situation in Mexico should not be read as a conflict between “good” and “evil”—criminals…
Translated from Spanish by Ollie Brock
Multilingual
Sleepless Homeland
By Carmen Boullosa
In which junkie’s syringe did you become trapped, my Homeland?
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
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Their Boots Were Made for Walking: El Taller de la Gráfica Popular
By Carmen Boullosa
Figure 1. A politician from the party that now holds the presidential seat, riding the PRI dinosaur, says: “It's about time troops and police enter Oaxaca!”A legendarily short story by…
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
from “Lepanto’s Other Hand”
By Carmen Boullosa
The story of the Juan Latino's portraitist, Esteban Luz, who enters this story when Don Juan of Austria visits Granada during the Alpujarras War (1568-70), otherwise known as the Civil War.Near the…
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
from “The Perfect Novel”
By Carmen Boullosa
Chapter FiveWe were working on “recording” the following scenes from my novel: the Sunday lunch in the garden at Manuel's house, where the two families part amicably, mothers and aunts…
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
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