I’ll be at ALTA — the American Literary Translators Association conference — in Rochester, NY, in November 2019. I hope to see you there!

Our short film A SHORT STORY will screen again soon in February 2020 in Los Angeles & (fingers crossed!) elsewhere…

In February 2020 I’ll have an Artist’s Residency at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, which will culminate on Feb 28 & 29 at 8.30pm with a show I’ve co-created with Sohani Holland called “CONTACT by SOMA 2020.” Our show debuts alongside a gallery show we’re co-curating titled “We Welcome You Here – CONVENE” (Feb/March 2020).

In March 2020 I’ll participate in three conferences — NEMLA with a paper on Elizabeth Bishop & Vilém Flusser; ACLA with a paper on Flusser, Clarice Lispector, and Bishop; and BRASA with a paper on Clarice Lispector.

April 2020 brings the dance theater adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier by Heidi Duckler Dance debuting at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.

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Photo by Jeann Young

Photo by Jeann Young

 RECENT events + appearances with links to videos & podcasts

In October 2019 I participated in the SHORT+SWEET HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL with the world premiere of Susannah Rodriguez Drissi’s play REY Y ATENEA. I played ATENEA & it was a blast.

In September 2019 I gave a paper on Hélène Cixous and Clarice Lispector at the international Brazilianist conference ABRE in Paris, France, titled “Clarice Lispector — School of Dreams, Scene of Writing”

On May 22nd, 2018, at 8pm, I spoke with author Howard Bloom to discuss his latest book HOW I ACCIDENTALLY STARTED THE SIXTIES at Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA.

I participated in the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018, to be held throughout June 2018 in Hollywood, California. I play GLORIA, a lead role in HOUSES WITHOUT WALLS — the new play written & directed by Susannah Rodriguez Drissi and premiering at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theater. I’m also assistant producing. Details & Tickets available here.

I moderated an evening of literature and storytelling at the Mark Taper Auditorium in DTLA on February 23rd, 2017 at 7.15pm co-presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles. I spoke with two Mexican writers about their recent fiction: Valeria Luiselli, author of The Story of My Teeth and Faces in the Crowd, and Guadalupe Nettel, author of Natural Histories and The Body Where I Was Born. Event info at this link and podcast available here.

April 2, 2017, at BinderCon LA, I chaired an exciting panel of dynamic speakers on the topic of HOW TO BE A MEDIA HYBRID: WRITER / ACTOR / PRODUCER / DIRECTORS DIVE INTO HOLLYWOOD — with Lucia Brawley, Marisa Echeverria, Robinne Lee, Diana Mendez, Kylie Sparks, and Tilda Del Toro.

In JUNE 2017 I performed my one-woman show I WANNA BE ROBERT DE NIRO — about Bobby, Clarice Lispector, Virginia (Clarice’s main character from her second novel The Chandelier), Madalena (translator, wife, mother), translation, 1943, life, love, loss and more — five times at the Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood during the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Information & reviews available at the Fringe website here.

Special Guest (radio + podcast). Los Angeles Review of Books’ LARB Radio Hour on KPFK-FM. On Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories (New Directions 2015) translated by Katrina Dodson. October 29, 2015.

Speaker/Interviewer (live + podcast). A conversation with translator Katrina Dodson about Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories. Skylight Books, Los Angeles. October 14, 2015.

Speaker/Interviewer (live + podcast). A conversation with writer Jennifer Clement about her latest book Prayers for the Stolen. ALOUD Library Foundation of Los Angeles. May 14, 2015.

Speaker/Introductory Remarks (live + video). A Celebration of Alice Munro. Some Favorite Writers, A Series Curated by Mona Simpson. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. February 24, 2015.

Speaker/Introductory Remarks (live + video). Literature & Gender. Some Favorite Writers, A Series Curated by Mona Simpson. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. December 2, 2014.

Speaker (live). “Chile’s National Bards Decenter Santiago & Pablo Neruda: On Raúl Zurita & Nicanor Parra.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, New York University. March 21, 2014.

Speical Guest (radio + podcast). Cross Cultural Poetics with Leonard Schwartz for Penn Sound. Episode #287: On Raul Zurita: Poet Forrest Gander and writer Magdalena Edwards discuss the great Chilean poet’s work. December 12, 2013.

Special Guest. I gave a short lecture and then had a conversation with Mona Simpson as a special guest for her “Emerging Writers Series.” UCLA’s English Department and UCLA Friends of English. October 21, 2013.

Speaker (live). “Chile’s Raúl Zurita: Translating Dante & Pinholes in the Night.” American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana. October 17, 2013.

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