Lately

I am an editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB). My partner in crime Jonathan Hahn and I launched Around the World on October 27, 2013, with pieces on Egypt, Italy, Argentina, Ethiopia, the United States, and Cuba. We like to publish bilingually.

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.

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My essay “On Waiting and Sugar” is up at the LARB Blog.

This is a hybrid affair with a strong lyric element, a meditation on waiting that brings to bear a cast of characters including Adam Phillips, Miguel de Unamuno, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Kara Walker, Dunkin Donuts, Al Pacino, and long lines of strangers. Published on November 15, 2014.

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My review of Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs can be read at Rewire Me (November 5, 2014).

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My poem “Paz with a ‘Z'” is up with Silver Birch Press (September 26, 2014).

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The Millions published my essay “‘My Disease Feels Beautiful to Me': On the Work of Raúl Zurita” on September 25, 2014.

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I wrote “Look! Our Bodies in Play” about the American artist Michael Sagato for his solo show at the Jack Geary Contemporary in New York City (April 2014). My essay was quoted by Artsy Editorial here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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My CV is here.

You can read my translations of text by and about the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra (who turned 100 years old this September) here.

Find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr at magda8lena.

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