Mexico

ROMÁN, Gabriela

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ROMÁN Fuentes
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Gabriela
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Spanish

Gabriela ROMÁN (poetry, fiction, translation, drama; Mexico) is a playwright, stage director, and actor, whose plays have been staged throughout Mexico. In 2018, Román won the Theater Exhibition of Morelos State and was a finalist for the National Young Drama Prize for her play Iridescentes; Cósmica was a finalist for the 2015 ASSITEJ-Spain Theatre for Young Audiences International Prize. Her work has been translated into English and Portuguese, and anthologized. Román participates courtesy of  an endowed gift from William B.

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BECERRA, Manuel

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BECERRA
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Manuel
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Spanish

Manuel BECERRA (poetry; Mexico) is the author of five books of poetry, including Instrucciones para matar un caballo [Instructions for Killing a Horse] (2013). A winner of six national poetry awards, he has had fellowships from the Foundation for Mexican Letters, the Mexico City Institute of Culture, and Art Omi in upstate New York. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

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VILLANOVA, Xavier

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VILLANOVA
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Xavier
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Xavier VILLANOVA (playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, translator; Mexico) has had his work staged in Mexico, the US, and Venezuela; in 2011, the Lark Play Development Center in New York workshopped his Acheron: The River of TragedyOcean Blues, co-written by him and based on his eponymous play, is on Netflix. In 2010 he won the National Playwright Award given by the UANL, and received a grant from the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas.

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VILLEDA

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Ana Villasuso
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VILLEDA
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Mexico

VILLEDA (poet, translator, fiction writer; Mexico) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Dodo (2014). Her work in poetry and multimedia, widely anthologized and translated, has received recognition through several awards, including the 2014 National Fine Arts Prize for Children’s Fiction and the 2013 Elías Nandino National Award for Youth Poetry. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Verónica VOLKOW FERNÁNDEZ

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VOLKOW FERNÁNDEZ
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Verónica
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México

Rafael VARGAS ESCALANTE

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VARGAS ESCALANTE
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Rafael
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México

David TOSCANA

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TOSCANA
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David
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México

Bruce SWANSEY

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SWANSEY
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Bruce
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English
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México

Tomás SEGOVIA

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SEGOVIA
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Tomás
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México

Gustavo SAINZ

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SAINZ
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Gustavo
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México
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