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Bard College Appoints Award-Winning Author Valeria Luiselli as Writer in Residence

Mark Primoff
Valeria Luiselli. Photo by Alfredo Pelcastre.
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College announces the appointment of award-winning Mexican author Valeria Luiselli as writer in residence in the Division of Languages and Literature. Luiselli, who joins the faculty this spring as a research associate, will begin teaching courses at Bard in the fall 2019 semester.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and currently lives in New York City. She is the author of a book of essays, Papeles falsos (Sidewalks), and the internationally acclaimed novel Los ingravidos (Faces in the Crowd), which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. In 2014, she was named one of the 5 under 35 by the National Book Foundation, an annual award honoring young and promising fiction writers. Her novel La historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Azul Prize in Canada; was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Best Translated Book Award, and the Impac Prize 2017; and was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015. Her recent book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Luiselli’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, and the New Yorker, among others. She received her PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University. Her new novel, Lost Children Archive, which was written in English, will be published by Knopf in February 2019.

About Bard College
Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences with a 155-year history of academic excellence. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. The College offers bachelor of arts degrees, with nearly 50 academic programs in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations. Bard also bestows several dual degrees, including a B.A./B.S. in economics and finance, and at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where students earn a bachelor’s degree in music and a B.A. in another field in the liberal arts or sciences. Bard’s distinguished faculty includes winners of MacArthur Fellowships, National Science Foundation grants, Guggenheim Fellowships, Grammy Awards, French Legion of Honor awards, and Pulitzer Prizes, among others.

Over the past 35 years, Bard has broadened its scope beyond undergraduate academics. The College operates 12 graduate programs and has expanded to encompass a network of regional, national, and global partnerships—including dual-degree programs in four international locations; the Bard Prison Initiative, which grants college degrees to New York State inmates; and Bard High School Early Colleges, where students earn a high school diploma and an A.A. degree in four years. Bard’s philosophy sets a standard for both scholarly achievement and engagement in civic and global affairs on campus, while also taking the College’s mission to the wider world. The undergraduate college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has an enrollment of more than 1,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1.

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This event was last updated on 01-04-2019