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“New York-based writer 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, and was editorial writer and editorial page editor at El Diario/La Prensa, the Spanish-language daily in New York.

Bogin is a former Kellogg National Fellow and the recipient of fellowships from the NEH, NEA, NYFA and NYSCA, the Russian writers’ colony at Peredelkino and, most recently, from Château Lavigny, in Switzerland. She is the author of the novels Natalya, God’s Messenger (Scribner) and Complicity, forthcoming.

She has published numerous translations from both French and Spanish, including Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits. Her multimedia mini-chamber opera CODEX, with music by Mexican composer Felipe Pérez Santiago, premiered at the Teatro Ocampo in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in January 2018. She is currently at work on a Spanish-language opera based on the Mexican Day of the Dead, a new novel and a collection of poems. She recently completed the Knight Center’s marathon online journalism course “Journalism in a pandemic: Covering COVID-19 now and in the future.”