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About Margara Russotto

Born in Italy, she lived in Venezuela for more than forty years and was a Full Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. A specialist in 20th century Latin American Literature (including Brazil, Spanish America and Caribbean), her research and teaching interests also include Poetry and Women Writers, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has published eight books of literary criticism, eight books of poetry, more than fifty articles, and various translations of Brazilian and Italian authors (Oswald de Andrade, Cabral de Melo Neto, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Claudio Magris, Alfonso Gatto, among others). She has also been on the jury in prestigious literary competitions, such as the Premio Casa de las Américas (Cuba). Some of her poetry has been translated into Italian and English and has appeared in a number of anthologies of Latin American poetry. Several critical works about her poetry have been published in recent years. Since 2001, she lives in Amherst (MA).


Present Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Spanish Minor Advisor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Montserrat Ordóñez Prize by the Colombian Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for the book La ansiedad autorial: formación de la autoría femenina en América Latina: los textos autobiográficos (Caracas, 2006)
  • 2003 PPI/CONICIT (Programa de Promoción del Investigador/Consejo de Desarrollo Científico y Humanístico), Venezuela, Research Grant
  • 1998-99 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship
  • 1995 International Poetry Award, “XI Bienal Literaria José Antonio Ramos Sucre 1995”, for the book Epica Mínima. Cumaná (Venezuela)
  • 1995 Award for Latin American Political Essay. “X Certamen Latinoamericano de Ensayo Político de Nueva Sociedad” for the article “La amada que no era inmovil: Identidad femenina en la poesía venezolana moderna”, Caracas: Revista Nueva Sociedad.

Contact Information

Herter Hall, Room 426
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-4924


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