Argentinian-born author and poet María Negroni has been awarded the Premio Internacional de Ensayo by one of the leading publishing houses in Latin America, Siglo XXI Editores. The award is co-sponsored by the Autonomous National University of México, the School of Sinaloa and the above-mentioned publishing house. The prize includes publication of her book Galería Fántastica and $20,000 which will be presented in a ceremony to be held February 26th at the 30th Annual International Book Fair in Mexico City.
According to poet Jamie Labastida, president of Siglo XXI Editores, Negroni's work commanded the attention of the judges because of the "sharpness and charm of her writing." Negroni explores the most important texts of Latin American literature of the twentieth century, including "Aura" by Carlos Fuentes, "La Muñeca Menor" by Rosario Ferré, "Las Hortensias" by Felisberto Hernández; "La Invención de Morel" by Adolfo Bioy Casares, "El Impostor" by Silvina Ocampo and "Las Babas del Diablo" by Julio Cortázar.
"As a teacher, a distinguished translator, and, most importantly, a writer who moves gracefully and effortlessly between two cultures, María Negroni is the embodiment of the long-standing dream of a world literature, " said Vijay Seshadri, director of the Creative Nonfiction graduate writing program at SLC.
Negroni is a novelist, translator and poet who has published six volumes of poetry. She is the author of many books, including Islandia, El Sueño de Ursula (Ursula's Dream) and El Viaje de la Noche (Night Journey). She has also received several fellowships in poetry: the Guggenheim Foundation (1994), the Rockefeller Foundation (1997), the Ministère de la Culture de France (1999), the Fundación Octavio Paz (2001), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2003), and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). Negroni also received a National Book Award in Argentina and her book Islandia received the PEN Award for best book of poetry in translation, New York (2001).
Her poems, essays and translations have been widely published in literary magazines in Spain and Latin America. In the U.S., her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Circumference, Lumina, Almost Island and Bomb.
"María Negroni is regarded with great esteem by her colleagues; she embodies a rare combination of gifts and qualities, moving almost seamlessly between genres, modes, languages, and sensibilities in her work," said Bella Brodzki, faculty member in comparative literature at SLC. "It is a remarkable achievement to be a world-class poet, novelist, critic, translator, and scholar and also be as passionate and brilliant a teacher as María is."
Negroni has a B.A. from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Columbia University. She is currently a faculty member in Latin American Literature and Spanish at Sarah Lawrence College.
Sarah Lawrence is a liberal arts college for men and women, founded in 1926, with a distinctive system of education. It is known for having one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum.