Faculty

2017 FACULTY & STAFF

DIRECTOR AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

Self-Portrait LavignyNew York-based Magda Bogin is the founder and director of Under the Volcano. Novelist, translator, poet and librettist, she has taught in the writing programs of Columbia, Princeton and City College, CUNY. Bogin is a former Kellogg National Fellow and recipient of fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, the Russian writers’ colony at Peredelkino and, most recently, from Château Lavigny, in Switzerland.  She is the author of the novel Natalya, God’s Messenger (Scribner) and has published numerous translations from both French and Spanish, including Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits.  She is currently at work on a Spanish-language opera based on the Mexican Day of the Dead and has recently completed a new novel.

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR

LauraLaura Garibay was born in Mexico City, where she studied literature and pedagogy.  After working for many years as a Montessori classroom teacher, she became a trainer and coach in pedagogy for teachers in private and public schools in Mexico.  She runs workshops in Mexico City and different states of Mexico and consults as a master teacher for elementary schools. She has organized children’s libraries in private schools in Tepoztlán, where she has lived for the past thirty years.   She is the head teacher for Tepozcritoras, Under the Volcano’s team-taught writing workshop for village women, currently in its pilot year.

FICTION

Kincaid PhotoJamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua, and has lived in the United States since the age of sixteen.  She is known for her eye-catching and award-winning short stories (At the Bottom of the River), novels (Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, Mr. Potter and, most recently, See Now Then) and for the lyrical journalism of A Small Place, her essay on Antigua and hundreds of other pieces, most of them written for The New Yorker.

Among the many awards, fellowships and honors she has received are a Guggenheim Award for Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the Prix Femina Étranger, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award and honorary doctorates from Tufts and Brandeis universities.  She divides her teaching between Clarement College in California and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kincaid’s long-term base in Bennington, Vermont, is one of the places where she currently gardens and writes.

POETRY

Vijay Seshadri by Beowulf SheehanBorn in India and raised in the United States, Vijay Seshadri won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2014.  He has also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial  Foundation. Three of his collections, including the Pulitzer-winning Three Sections, as well as Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow, are published by Graywolf. He has been an editor at The New Yorker, as well as an essayist and book reviewer for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar and various literary quarterlies.

Vijay Seshadri is a member of the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches non-fiction and, occasionally, poetry.

MEMOIR

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Allen Kurzweil is a novelist, journalist, teacher and inventor. Educated at Yale and the University of Rome, he has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. His novels A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication bring his fascination with things mechanical into play with the forces of history.  his His latest book, Whipping Boy, a memoir based on his search for the boy who bullied him in childhood,won an Edgar Award earlier this year for “best fact crime.” He lives in Rhode Island, where he serves on the board of the Providence Athenaeum.

CULTURAL JOURNALISM

U.S. writer Jonathan Levi is the author of the novels A Guide for the Perplexed and Septimania, just published to rave reviews by Overlook Press, as well as of many plays and opera libretti that have been performed in Italy, the Netherlands, Georgia, the U.K. and the United States. A founding editor of Granta magazine and fiction reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Jonathan Levi has written political and cultural journalism for The New York Times, The Nation, Conde Nast Traveler and others. As a theatrical producer he has worked with Elvis Costello, Carly Simon and many great European artists as founding director of the SummerScape Festival at Bard College. Levi currently lives in Rome and is artistic advisor to the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, and co-director of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism in Cartagena, Colombia.

POESIA 

Francisco Segovia ResizedPoeta y crítico mexicano ampliamente reconocido, Francisco Segovia ha publicado más de una docena de poemarios, entre los que destacan Elegía, Baladro, Agua y Aire común (poesía reunida 1994-2011). Están en prensa dos más: Abrir la boca y Retablo. Además de su labor de lexicógrafo (Diccionario del Español de México, Proyecto de Gramáticas y Diccionarios en Lenguas Indígenas de Chiapas, Enciclopedia Británica, Oxford Spanish Dictionary, Fichero de Dudas del Español de México), Francisco Segovia se ha desempeñado como traductor literario y como profesor de literatura en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, la Universidad de las Américas, el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México y El Colegio de México, entre otros, y ha formado parte de la redacción de varias revistas mexicanas literarias. Fue traductor-consultor en Banff en 2014. Actualmente es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.

NARRATIVA

Luisa Valenzuela-1Novelista y cuentista argentina, Luisa Valenzuela nació en Buenos Aires, donde reside en la actualidad. Ha publicado más de veinte libros entre novelas, colecciones de cuentos y ensayos. La travesía, El Mañana, Cuidado con el tigre, La máscara sarda y El profundo secreto de Perón son sus últimas novelas. Sus últimos volúmenes de ensayos son Diario de máscaras; Cortázar/Fuentes, entrecruzamientos; y El Entusiasmo, lección de arte, estos dos últimos publicados en México. Es doctora Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Knox, Illinois, fellow de la American Academy of Arts and Sciences y Ciudadana Ilustre de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, entre otras distinciones.  Además de dedicarse a su quehacer literario, se desempeña como Presidenta de PEN Argentina.

GUEST FACULTY: TBA

Alison Wearing, Magda Bogin,, Ben Clark,  Jonathan Levi and Paul Muldoon:
Reading at La Turbina Art Gallery, 2014

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