Marjorie Agosin

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Since the mid-1980’s Marjorie Agosin has emerged as one of the leading voices of Latin American feminism in the United States. Agosin is the author of almost twenty books that include poetry, fiction and literary criticism. She has won several distinguished prizes including the Letras de Oro Prize for Poetry, the Latino Literature Prize, and the Morgan Institute Prize for Achievement in Human Rights. Scholastics Magazine chose Agosin as 1998 Latino Mentor of the Year.

Marjorie Agosin was raised in Chile. When Agosin was in her teens, rumors of an impending coup led her immediate family to move to the United States. Her family settled in Georgia where Agosin took an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. She went on to take a Ph.D. in literature from Indiana University where her doctoral dissertation concentrated on the work of Chilean writer Maria Luisa Bombal.

Agosin is the author of: Bruias y also mas/Witches and Other Things, Ashes of Revolt: Essays on Human Rights, Dear Anne Frank, A Map of Hope: Women’s Writings on Human Rights and Angel of Memory. She is currently a Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College and was recently named a fellow to the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.