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Marjorie Agosín

Nonfiction, Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20150925, 20120921, 20110304

The author of the 2015 International Latino Book Award-winning young adult novel, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosín has always felt outside her culture. Born to Chilean parents in Bethesda, Maryland, she was actually raised in Chile until political instability forced the family to return to the United States. As a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewish girl with a thick Spanish accent, Marjorie Agosín encountered difficulties transitioning into the North American culture, and talks about how that shaped her poetry and prose. She discusses why she continues to write in Spanish and reads from translations of her recent books, Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir and her sensual 2010 book-length poem, The Light of Desire, her tribute to Israel.

| Subject Matter: Culture,Translation, Chile | Interview Year: 2011 | Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry | Awards: International Latino Book Award, Jeanette Rankin Award in Human Rights, United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights, Gabriela Mistral Medal for Lifetime Achievement |

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