I’m a writer, translator, and actor based in Los Angeles, California.
I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard.
I was born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
You can find me on Instagram @msmagda8lena + Twitter @magda8lena
Magdalena Edwards is a writer, translator, and actor based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Boston Review, the Millions, El Mercurio, Rattle, the Critical Flame, Words Without Borders, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in Ocean Crossings (Tagus Press/UMass Dartmouth 2019), Cosmopolitanisms (NYU Press 2017) and Psychogeographical Romance (Essay Press 2015). Her translations include the work of Chilean poets Nicanor Parra and Raúl Zurita, Chilean author and cultural critic Oscar Contardo, Brazilian writer and theorist Silviano Santiago, Brazilian writer Márcia Tiburi, and Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. She is working on a translation of Chilean surrealist Juan Emar’s posthumously published novel AMOR, as well as a collection of poems translated from Brazilian Portuguese. She plays Annie, a writing professor with a #metoo problem, in Lucia Senesi’s short film A Short Story (2019). Magdalena played Gloria in Susannah Rodriguez Drissi’s award-winning play Houses Without Walls during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018. Her one-woman show I Wanna Be Robert De Niro premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2017, and she performed The Body Speaks: On Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier at Oxford University in November 2017. She has also performed original work recently in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Tokyo. Magdalena is a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she was a staff writer for Chile’s leading newspaper El Mercurio in the Artes & Letras section from 2000-2001 where she published reviews, essays, and interviews, including conversations with poets Rita Dove and Adrienne Rich. Magdalena is the Co-Ambassador for Los Angeles, with Kristin Wong, of the Authors Guild. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard. More at www.magdalenadwards.com and on Instagram @msmagda8lena and Twitter at @magda8lena.