Carolina, Puerto Rico
|Notable work(s)||Pez de Vidrio (translated to English as Urban Oracles), Sirena Selena vestida de pena|
|Notable award(s)||Guggenheim Fellowship, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award|
In 1991, Santos-Febres garnered attention and critical acclaim for her first two collections of poetry, Anamu y manigua and El orden escapado. In 1996, Santos-Febres won the Juan Rulfo Award for her short story, Oso blanco, which was published in her collection of short stories called Pez de Vidrio. 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.
Her first novel and one of her most famous books is Sirena Selena vestida de pena (published in English as Sirena Selena), in which she describes the life of a teenaged homosexual male drag queen who works in the streets and has a talent for singing boleros.
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.
Santos-Febres currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her more recent publications include a collection of essays called Sobre piel y papel and also a novel about Isabel la Negra titled Nuestra Señora de la Noche (Our Lady of the Night).
- Anamu y manigua (1990)
- El orden escapado (1991)
- Pez de vidrio (1994) (Winner of the Juan Rulfo Award)
- El cuerpo correcto (1996)
- Urban Oracles (1997) (English translation of Pez de vidrio)
- Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2000) (translated as Sirena Selena, 2000)
- Tercer mundo (2000)
- Cualquier miércoles soy tuya (2002) (translated as Any Wednesday, I'm Yours, 2005)
- Sobre piel y papel (2005)
- Boat People (2005)
- Nuestra Señora de la Noche (2006) (translated as Our Lady of the Night, 2009)
- Fe en disfraz (2009)
- Tratado de Medicina Natural para Hombres Melancólicos (2011)
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- "Mayra Santos-Febres." John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2012. Web. 27 February 2012. <http://www.gf.org/fellows/16676-mayra-santos-febres>.
- Molero, Jose Antonio. "Fernando Schwartz Gana La X Edición Del Premio Primavera De Novela." Gibralfaro. University of Malaga, 8 March 2006. Web. 27 February 2012. <http://www.gibralfaro.uma.es/hemeroteca/pag_1228.htm>.
- Santos-Febres, Mayra. Sirena Selena: A Novel. Trans. from the Spanish by Stephen A. Lytle. New York: Picador, 2001. ISBN 0-312-26392-9
- Rangelova, Radost. "Nationalism, States of Exception, and Caribbean Identities in Sirena Selena vestida de pena and ' Loca la de la locura. ' " CENTRO Journal 19, no. 1 (2007): 74-88.
- Santos-Febres, Mayra. Our Lady of the Night. Trans. from the Spanish by Ernesto Mestre-Reed. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-173130-3