Marjorie Agosín (Chile)
Marjorie Agosin is a Chilean american poet, human rights activist and Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. Born in the USA of Chilean parents, she returned to Chile from the port of NYC to Valparaiso at the age of three months. Her books speak about voyages. diasporas, and about being from somewhere else. At the age of fifteen, she returned with her family to the United States where she still resides and teaches Latin American Literature at Wellesley college. She has chosen to write in Spanish and her work is translated into English and other languages.
Marjorie Agosin has written extensively in many genres, including poetry, plays, young adult novels, memoirs, and essays. Agosin has obtained several awards for her contribution to Literature / Among them the Gabriela Mistral medal of honor for Lifetime Achievement. the United Nations Leadership award. the Fritz Reidlich award for her work on Human Rights, and the Pura Belpre award for her YA novel I Lived in Butterfly Hill.
The heart of Agosin's writings resides in her pursuit of justice and memory and the vindication of the victims of genocide. She writes often about the Holocaust and the military government in Latin America.
Agosin lives in between worlds in Wellesley, MA and Costa Brava, Chile.
A young adult novel depicting the horrors of dictatorship in Chile and one young girl's heroic efforts to save her parents.
A lament for the Greek Jews who perished in the Holocaust--Jews who were torn from their islands, such as Rhodes and Crete, to meet their death.
A poetry collection evoking the escape of the poet's great-grandmother from Nazi-occupied Vienna and her resettlement in Santiago de Chile.