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Gina Balibrera

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fiction in English


I earned my MFA in Prose from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where I was also a Zell Postgraduate Fellow. I have been awarded grants from the Gould Center and the Rackham Institute, and received a Tyson Award and the Aura Estrada Prize for my fiction. My work appears in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review , and The Wandering Song , an anthology of writing of the Central American diaspora. My novel The Volcano-Daughters centers on the story of six young girls at the time of the 1932 La Matanza massacre in Western El Salvador–each girl lives beyond death, as brujas who reimagine Salvadoran lore and revise history as ghost soul, artists, observers, and hermanas. Born and raised in San Francisco, I now live with my husband, child and dog in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I work as an editor at Michigan Quarterly Review and as a bookseller, and teach writing. I am honored and delighted to be among the volcanoes with you as this year’s Sandra Cisneros Fellow.

Gina Balibrera - Under The Volcano