Marta López-Luaces was born in A Coruña, Spain, in 1964, and lives in New York. She is a poet, writer and translator. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from New York University (1998). She is a professor at Montclair SU and the coordinator of the Bilingual Poetry Reading via Zoom sponsored by New York Library at Tompkins, Instituto Cervantes of New York and Montclair SU. The readings are held once a month and poets from Latin America, the United States and Spain read their poems while the translation is shown using Powerpoint. Poets like Raúl Zurita (Chile), Norma Cole (USA), Luis García Montero (USA), Ann Lauterbach (USA), Ron Sillman (USA), Peter Gizzi (USA), Jan Xie (USA), Elsa Cross (Mexico), Sandra Lorenzano (Mexico), and Rafael Saraviz (Spain), among others, have read in the series.
She has published six books of poetry: Distancias y destierros (1998), Las lenguas del viajero (Madrid: Huerga y Fierro, 2005), Los arquitectos del imaginario (finalist of the prestigious award Ausiás March was published by Pre-Textos, 2011), Talar un nogal (Madrid: politea, 2015) and Después de la oscuridad (Valencia: Pre-Textos 2016). A selection of her work was translated into Romanian and published under the title Pravalirea focului (Orient-Occident, 2010). Her poetry was also translated into Italian under the title Accento Magico (San Marco, 2002). She has also published two novels and a book of short stories. Her novel, Los traductores del viento (Madrid-Monterrey: Vaso Roto, 2013) won the International Latino Book Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2014. She was named Speaker for the Humanities of NYC (2003-05).
About the Translator
G. J. Racz is professor of Humanities at LIU Brooklyn, a past president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), and review editor for Translation Review. In addition to his nine volumes of translations of the Peruvian poet Eduardo Chirinos and two of the Chilean poet Óscar Hahn, Racz has published translations of dramas by Miguel Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Jaime Salom, and Alberto Conejero.