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Valeria Luiselli      

Award-Winning Mexican Author Known for "Faces in the Crowd"

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of "Sidewalks," "Faces in the Crowd," "The Story of My Teeth," "Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions" and "Lost Children Archive."

She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of DUBLIN Literary Award, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award, and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund.

Luiselli started a literacy program for girls in a detention center in upstate New York that focuses on creative writing. She is passionate about researching and writing about mass incarceration in the United States, with a focus on detention centers.

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She teaches at Bard College and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

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