New York-based Magda Bogin is the founder and director of Under the Volcano. A novelist, translator and librettist, she has taught in the graduate writing programs of Columbia, Princeton and City College, CUNY. A former Kellogg Fellow and recipient of fellowships from the NEA, NYFA and NYSCA, she is the author of the novel Natalya, God’s Messenger (Scribner) and has published numerous translations, including Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits. Bogin is currently at work on an opera based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. 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.
Irish poet Paul Muldoon is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including New Weather, Mules, Why Brownlee Left, Quoof, Meeting the British, Madoc and Maggot, among many others. He has also written lyrics and the libretto for Shining Brow, an opera with music by composer Daron Hagen, and has been rumored to play in a rock band. 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 teaches at Princeton University and is the 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 contributer to the New York Times , the New Yorker and other magazines, 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 the author of the internationally acclaimed travel memoir Honeymoon in Purdah – an Iranian Journey and the writer/performer of two award-winning one-woman plays. Her new book, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter, has just been published by Alfred A. Knopf. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.
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.