[1] My co-editorship at LARB’s “Around the World”; [2] Pinholes in the Night * Forrest Gander & Raúl Zurita

My conversation with award-winning poets Forrest Gander and Raúl Zurita about their project Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books on February 2, 2014. It’s in English and Spanish.


The Millions published my essay “I Found a Way to Enter: Diving Into Writing” - on Eros, creativity, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” – on November 26, 2013.


The Paris Review Daily published my essay “The House We Live In: Elizabeth Bishop on the Big Screen” on November 7, 2013. The film opened on November 8th in New York and November 29th in Los Angeles.


I am the co-editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books’ new section “Around the World” – my partner in crime Jonathan Hahn and I launched the section on October 27, 2013 with a an opening line-up featuring six pieces on Egypt, Italy, Argentina, Ethiopia, the United States, and Cuba.

It’s been brewing since the summer.

“Brazil: The Ground Shakes in the Country of Inequalities and Paradoxes” – published on July 1, 2013 — is an essay about the protests in Brazil by Luiz Eduardo Soares, a political scientist and anthropologist based in Rio de Janeiro. I commissioned and translated this piece for LARB, and the original Portuguese version follows the translated text.

“Chile’s September 11: Marking the 40th Anniversary of Pinochet” – a stunning essay by Óscar Contardo – appeared on September 11, 2013, in a bilingual format. This was my first piece as a contributing editor at LARB, and I am proud to say that Contardo’s LARB essay appeared one day after the publication launch in Santiago of his new book Volver a los 17 (Planeta 2013), an anthology of essays by writers who grew up during the Pinochet dictatorship.

You may contact me ~ at magdalena at lareviewofbooks dot org ~ if you would like to pitch an essay, review, interview, or other piece for “Around the World.”


The Paris Review Daily published my essay on handbags “Precious Cargo” on June 28, 2013.


My CV is here.

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