Mayra Santos-Febres

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Mayra Santos-Febres
Born 1966 (age 50–51)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Notable works Pez de Vidrio (translated to English as Urban Oracles), Sirena Selena vestida de pena
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship, long-listed for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Juan Rulfo Award, Letras de Oro

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.[1]

Education and Academic Work[edit]

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[citation needed].

Santos-Febres currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and she was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in fiction. [2]

Literary works[edit]

In 1991, Santos-Febres published her first two collections of poetry, Anamu y manigua and El orden escapado, to critical acclaim.[3] In 1994, Santos-Febres won the Letras de Oro literary prize for her collection of short stories Pez de Vidrio.[4] "Oso Blanco" a short story from this collection also won the Juan Rulfo Award in 1996.[5][6] 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 .[7][8]

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).[9]

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


  • 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)
  • La amante de Gardel (2015)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Mayra Santos-Febres." John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2009. Web. 10 February 2017. .
  3. ^ "Mayra Santos-Febres." John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2012. Web. 6 April 2015. .
  4. ^ Agency, Vilar Creative. "Mayra Santos-Febres". Vilar Creative Agency. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Mayra Santos-Febres." Vilar Creative Agency (Author Profile). Web. 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ Santos-Febres, Mayra. Sirena Selena: A Novel. Trans. from the Spanish by Stephen A. Lytle. New York: Picador, 2001. ISBN 0-312-26392-9
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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

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