El Nuevo Día reports that Puerto Rican writer and executive director of Festival de la Palabra [Festival of the Word] Mayra Santos-Febres has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners an opportunity to conduct “focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies.” It supports innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.
El Nuevo Día writes:
In Italy, Santos-Febres will work from the month of July in a historical novel that would complete the tetralogy of Fe en disfraz, Nuestra señora de la noche, and La amante de Gardel. The other Puerto Rican writer who previously won this residency was Magali García Ramis.
Santos-Febres is also a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, offers creative writing workshops in different regions on the island, and has published more than 20 books. She also has two postgraduate degrees at Cornell University, and two major literary awards: Letras de Oro and the Juan Rulfo Award.
In addition, her books have been read and studied in German, Korean, Irish, Czech, English, Italian, and, more recently, French.
Furthermore, the Festival of the Word [Festival de la Palabra 2019] will take place from October 7 to 13. During this event, local and international writers will come together in the General Archives, the National Library of Puerto Rico, and Luis Muñoz Rivera Park.
The literary event this year is organized around the theme “Memoirs of inclusion.” It will be dedicated to the Arecibo writer René Marqués and will highlight the work of the composer Ángel “Chuco” Quintero as a prominent author. More details will become available son.
[Translated by Ivette Romero. For original article (in Spanish), see https://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cultura/nota/laescritoramayrasantos-febresfueescogidaparaunaimportanteresidencia-2492192/?]
[Photo above from https://broadmuseum.msu.edu/calendar/woci-mayra-santos-febres-20190329.]