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Name  Mayra Santos-Febres
Role  Author
Education  Cornell University

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Notable works  Pez de Vidrio (translated to English as Urban Oracles), Sirena Selena vestida de pena
Notable awards  Guggenheim Fellowship, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, Latin America & Caribbean
Books  Sirena Selena, Pez de Vidrio, Urban Oracles: Stories, Any Wednesday I'm Yours, Our Lady of the Night

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Mayra Santos-Febres (born 1966 in Carolina) is a Puerto Rican author, poet, novelist, professor of literature, essayist, and literary critic. Her work focuses primarily on themes of diasporic identity, female sexuality, the erotic, gender fluidity, desire, and power.


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Education and Academic Work

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Santos-Febres completed her undergraduate work at the University of Puerto Rico and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) from Cornell University. Her work has been translated into French, English, German, and Italian, and is taught in many universities in the United States.

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Santos-Febres currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and she was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in fiction.

Literary works

In 1991, Santos-Febres published her first two collections of poetry, Anamu y manigua and El orden escapado, to critical acclaim. In 1994, Santos-Febres won the Letras de Oro literary prize for her collection of short stories Pez de Vidrio. "Oso Blanco" a short story from this collection also won the Juan Rulfo Award in 1996. Pez de Vidrio (published in English as Urban Oracles) contains 15 short stories about the complicated relationships between sexual desire, race, identity, social status, and political status in modern Caribbean society.

Santos-Febres' first novel Sirena Selena vestida de pena (published in English as Sirena Selena), which focuses on the life of a teenaged drag queen who works in the streets and has a talent for singing boleros, was a finalist for the .

Her more recent publications include a collection of essays called Sobre piel y paper, as well as a novel about Isabel la Negra, titled Nuestra Señora de la Noche (Our Lady of the Night).

Santos-Febres' most recent novel is La amante de Gardel (2015).


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