Center for Latin American Studies will host celebrated writer Gabriela Alemán for residency funded by Kislak Family Foundation
March 21, 2022
Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán will come to Gainesville for the fall 2022 semester as the inaugural scholar in the Kislak Family Foundation Artist/Writer in Residence Program.
With funding from the Kislak Family Foundation, the program supports a semester-long residency for an eminent writer or artist who will teach courses, tutor students, and engage with the Center’s intellectual activities. Dr. Alemán will teach the course “Escritura creativa en español,” in which students will read and analyze selections from Latin American literature and complete their own works of creative writing in Spanish.
Dr. Alemán has a PhD from Tulane University, where she later served as Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies in 2019-2020. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and in 2007 was named a member of the Bogotá 39, a selection of the most important up-and-coming writers in Latin America in the post-Boom generation. In 2015, she was one of five finalists for the prestigious Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) for her story collection La muerte silba un blues.
Dr. Alemán is the author of short story collections Fuga permanente and Álbum de familia and the novels Body Time, Poso Wells, and Humo. Poso Wells, a noir, feminist eco-thriller, is the first of her full-length works to appear in English. In 2022, Álbum de familia will be published in English as Family Album by City Lights in San Francisco. In 2021, she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to translate her novel Humo into English.
Learn more about Gabriela Alemán: https://www.gabrielaaleman.com/
More information about the course “Latin American Short Stories and Creative Writing”: https://www.latam.ufl.edu/academics/courses/latin-american-short-stories-and-creative-writing/