New 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 and most recently, from Chateau 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. Under the auspices of American Lyric Theater, with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith, she wrote The Price of Silence, a chamber opera based on the history of the disappeared in Argentina. She is currently at work on a Spanish-langauge opera based on the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Irish poet Paul Muldoon is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including New Weather, Mules, Why Brownlee Left, Quoof, Meeting the British, Madoc and Maggot, among many others. He has also written the libretto for Shining Brow, an opera with music by composer Daron Hagen. His lyrics for the rock band Wayside Shrines, with which he also performs, were recently published as The Word on the Street. Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Muldoon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the Howard G.B. Clark Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and poetry editor of The New Yorker.
Novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman has roots in both the US and Guatemala. The author of four novels, a work of non-fiction and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker and other magazines, he has been honored with a number of major awards. His first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens (1992), won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. His subsequent novels have been finalists for several prizes, including The Pen/Faulkner and The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Art of Political Murder won The Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award. His most recent novel is Say Her Name. Goldman is the Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity College and divides his time between Brooklyn and Mexico City.
Alison Wearing is a Canadian memoirist/performer. In addition to numerous award-winning articles, short stories and plays, she is the author of the internationally-acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: an Iranian Journey. Her most recent project, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad, began as a one-woman show. After performing the material for a year, she expanded the story into a memoir, which has just been published by Alfred A. Knopf. Alison is in the midst of a five-month tour of the book/show in theatre and literary festivals across North America. After eight (glorious) years in Mexico, she now lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for the past twenty years. A core writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a New Dramatists alumna, she is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and has served as a speaker for playwriting and human rights organizations around the world, from Cambodia to Belfast to Sarajevo. Filloux’s more than twenty plays have been produced across the US, as well as in Morocco and France. Her most recent work includes the libretto for New Arrivals, a joint commission with composer John Glover for Houston Grand Opera, and the play, Luz, which premiered at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an Artist in Residence.
U.S. writer Jonathan Levi is the author of the 1992 novel A Guide for the Perplexed, and 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, he 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. He 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.
Musicologist and Shambhala practitioner Lance Brunner is a teacher, facilitator and public speaker who leads workshops and retreats in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Scholar, musician, dancer, poet and humanitarian, Lance has brought the diverse strains of his life as a seeker together in his business MCL (Mindfulness, Creativity, and Leadership), which offers consulting services to individuals, groups and organizations. A professor of music history at the University of Kentucky since 1976, he has been a Kellogg National Fellow (1985-88) and was the founding director of the Commonwealth Fellowship Program for community leaders in Appalachia (1990-96). When not traveling further afield he divides his time between his base in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mexico.