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Mayra Santos-Febres

Mayra Santos-Febres
Born 1966 (age 49–50)
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Notable works Pez de Vidrio (translated to English as Urban Oracles), Sirena Selena vestida de pena
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Mayra Santos-Febres (born 1966 in Carolina) is a Puerto Rican author, poet, novelist, professor of literature, and literary critic.

In 1991, Santos-Febres published her first two collections of poetry, Anamu y manigua and El orden escapado.[1] In 1996, Santos-Febres won the Juan Rulfo Award for her short story, Oso blanco, which was published in her collection of short stories called Pez de Vidrio.[2][3] Pez de Vidrio (published in English as Urban Oracles) contains 15 short stories about the complicated relationships between sexual desire, race, identity, social status, and political status in modern Caribbean society.

Her first novel is Sirena Selena vestida de pena (published in English as Sirena Selena), in which she describes the life of a teenaged homosexual male drag queen who works in the streets and has a talent for singing boleros.[4][5]

Santos-Febres completed her undergraduate work at the University of Puerto Rico and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) from Cornell University. Her work has been translated into French, English, German, and Italian, and is taught in many universities in the United States.

Santos-Febres currently teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her more recent publications include a collection of essays called Sobre piel y papel and also a novel about Isabel la Negra titled Nuestra Señora de la Noche (Our Lady of the Night).[6]


  • Works 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


  • Anamu y manigua (1990)
  • El orden escapado (1991)
  • Pez de vidrio (1994) (Winner of the Juan Rulfo Award)
  • El cuerpo correcto (1996)
  • Urban Oracles (1997) (English translation of Pez de vidrio)
  • Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2000) (translated as Sirena Selena, 2000)
  • Tercer mundo (2000)
  • Cualquier miércoles soy tuya (2002) (translated as Any Wednesday, I'm Yours, 2005)
  • Sobre piel y papel (2005)
  • Boat People (2005)
  • Nuestra Señora de la Noche (2006) (translated as Our Lady of the Night, 2009)
  • Fe en disfraz (2009)
  • Tratado de Medicina Natural para Hombres Melancólicos (2011)

See also


  1. ^ "Mayra Santos-Febres." John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2012. Web. 6 April 2015. .
  2. ^ Molero, Jose Antonio. "Fernando Schwartz Gana La X Edición Del Premio Primavera De Novela." Gibralfaro. University of Malaga, 8 March 2006. Web. 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Mayra Santos-Febres." Vilar Creative Agency (Author Profile). Web. 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ Santos-Febres, Mayra. Sirena Selena: A Novel. Trans. from the Spanish by Stephen A. Lytle. New York: Picador, 2001. ISBN 0-312-26392-9
  5. ^ Rangelova, Radost. and ' Loca la de la locura. ' "Sirena Selena vestida de pena"Nationalism, States of Exception, and Caribbean Identities in CENTRO Journal 19, no. 1 (2007): 74-88.
  6. ^ Santos-Febres, Mayra. Our Lady of the Night. Trans. from the Spanish by Ernesto Mestre-Reed. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-173130-3

External links

  • Interview with the Author (Spanish)
  • Mayra Santos-Febres's Blog
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