2018 FACULTY & STAFF (Check for updates!)


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.


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 Tepozscritoras, Under the Volcano’s team-taught writing workshop for village women, currently in its pilot year.



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.  A finales del 2016 se le otorgó el Gran Premio de Honor de la Sociedad Argentina de Escritores. Además de dedicarse a su quehacer literario, se desempeña como Presidenta de PEN Argentina.


Paul MuldoonIrish poet Paul Muldoon returns to Under the Volcano for our 15th anniversary season to lead the poetry master class.  Poetry editor of The New Yorker as well as curator of its poetry podcasts and new poetry bot, he is also the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.  He has published more than thirty volumes of poetry, has been the Oxford Professor of Poetry and has been awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S. Eliot Prize.  Paul Muldoon lives in New York City, where he frequently stars and strums in his own band.



AK Headshot 1 Sept 1 2014

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.”


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.


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.



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