Marjorie Agosín

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Marjorie Agosín
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Born (1955-06-15) June 15, 1955 (age 63)
Bethesda, Maryland
GenrePoetry and essay
Notable awardsGabriela Mistral Medal

Marjorie Agosín (born June 15, 1955) is a Chilean-American writer.

She has won notability for her outspokenness for women's rights in Chile.[1] The United Nations has honored her for her work on human rights.[2] She also won many important literary awards. The Chilean government awarded her with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement in 2000.[3]


Agosín was born in 1955 to Moises and Frida Agosín in Bethesda, Maryland, before quickly moving to Chile, where she lived her childhood in a German community.[4]

She is a prolific author: her published books, including those she has written as well as those she has edited, number over eighty.[5] She contributed the piece "Women of smoke" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan.[6] Her two most recent books are both poetry collections, The Light of Desire / La Luz del Deseo, translated by Lori Marie Carlson (Swan Isle Press, 2009), and Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez, translated by Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman (White Pine Press, 2006), about the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez.[7] She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature at Wellesley College.[8]

Selected published works[edit]

  • Brujas Y Algo Más: Witches and Other Things, (Latin American Literary Review Press, 1984), ISBN 978-0-935480-16-0
  • Violeta Parra: santa de pura greda : un estudio de su obra poética, (with Inés Dölz-Blackburn), (Planeta, 1988), ISBN 9562470164
  • Sargazo (White Pine Press, 1993) ISBN 978-1-877727-27-6
  • Tapestries of hope, threads of love, (University of New Mexico Press, 1996) ISBN 0-8263-1692-1
  • Always from Somewhere Else: A Memoir of My Chilean Jewish Father, (Editor), (Feminist Press, 2000), ISBN 1-55861-256-4
  • Women, gender, and human rights: a global perspective, (Rutgers University Press, 2001), ISBN 0-8135-2983-2
  • Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez (White Pine Press, 2006), ISBN 1-893996-47-6
  • The Light of Desire / La Luz del Deseo, translated by Lori Marie Carlson (Swan Isle Press, 2010), ISBN 978-0-9748881-7-0
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2014) ISBN 978-1-4169-5344-9
  • The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life, translated by Nancy Abraham Hall (Rutgers University Press, 2000)


  1. ^ Wellesley College Public Affairs Profile: Marjorie Agosín Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Wellesley College Public Affairs Profile: Marjorie Agosin
  3. ^ "OTORGA ORDEN AL MERITO DOCENTE Y CULTURAL GABRIELA MISTRAL EN GRADO DE GRAN OFICIAL A LA DOCTORA MARJORIE AGOSIN". Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. July 24, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Memorial de una escritura: aproximaciones a la obra de Marjorie Agosín
  5. ^ Library of Congress Online Catalog > Marjorie Agosín
  6. ^ "Table of Contents: Sisterhood is global :". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. ^ Reinares, Laura Barberán (2010). "Globalized Philomels: State Patriarchy, Transnational Capital, and the Fermicides on the US- Mexican Border in Roberto Bolaño's 2666". South Atlantic Review. 75 (4): 51–72, on 69. JSTOR 41635653.
  8. ^ Wellesley College > Department of Spanish Faculty Archived 2011-05-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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