Lina Meruane

Photo: Lorena Palavecino

Lina Meruane is an award-winning Chilean fiction writer and essayist. She has published a host of short stories and five novels. Translated by Megan McDowell into English are her latest: Seeing Red (Deep Vellum), which was awarded the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Novel Prize (Mexico) and The Valle-Inclán Prize for translation (UK), and Nervous System (Graywolf, forthcoming 2021). Meruane has written several nonfiction books, among which is her essay on the representation of the AIDS epidemic in Latin American literature, Viral Voyages (Palgrave). She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a DAAD Writer in Residence in Berlin. She currently teaches Global Cultures and Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.


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