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Marjorie Agosín

Marjorie Agosín (born June 15, 1955) is a Chilean-American writer. She has gained notability for her outspokenness for women's rights in Chile.[1] The United Nations has honored her for her work on human rights.[2] The Chilean government awarded her with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement in 2000.[3] She is a recipient of the Belpré Medal.

Marjorie Agosín
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Born (1955-06-15) June 15, 1955 (age 63)
Bethesda, Maryland
GenrePoetry and essay
Notable awardsGabriela Mistral Medal



Agosín was born in 1955 to Moises and Frida Agosín in Bethesda, Maryland, before quickly moving to Chile, where she lived her childhood in a German community.[4]

She is a prolific author: her published books, including those she has written as well as those she has edited, number over eighty.[5] She contributed the piece "Women of smoke" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan.[6] Her two most recent books are both poetry collections, The Light of Desire / La Luz del Deseo, translated by Lori Marie Carlson (Swan Isle Press, 2009), and Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez, translated by Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman (White Pine Press, 2006), about the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez.[7] She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature at Wellesley College.[8]

Selected published worksEdit

  • Brujas Y Algo Más: Witches and Other Things, (Latin American Literary Review Press, 1984), ISBN 978-0-935480-16-0
  • Violeta Parra: santa de pura greda : un estudio de su obra poética, (with Inés Dölz-Blackburn), (Planeta, 1988), ISBN 9562470164
  • Sargazo (White Pine Press, 1993) ISBN 978-1-877727-27-6
  • Tapestries of hope, threads of love, (University of New Mexico Press, 1996) ISBN 0-8263-1692-1
  • Always from Somewhere Else: A Memoir of My Chilean Jewish Father, (Editor), (Feminist Press, 2000), ISBN 1-55861-256-4
  • Women, gender, and human rights: a global perspective, (Rutgers University Press, 2001), ISBN 0-8135-2983-2
  • Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez (White Pine Press, 2006), ISBN 1-893996-47-6
  • The Light of Desire / La Luz del Deseo, translated by Lori Marie Carlson (Swan Isle Press, 2010), ISBN 978-0-9748881-7-0
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2014) ISBN 978-1-4169-5344-9
  • The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life, translated by Nancy Abraham Hall (Rutgers University Press, 2000)


  1. ^ Wellesley College Public Affairs Profile: Marjorie Agosín Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Wellesley College Public Affairs Profile: Marjorie Agosin
  3. ^ "OTORGA ORDEN AL MERITO DOCENTE Y CULTURAL GABRIELA MISTRAL EN GRADO DE GRAN OFICIAL A LA DOCTORA MARJORIE AGOSIN". Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. July 24, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Memorial de una escritura: aproximaciones a la obra de Marjorie Agosín
  5. ^ Library of Congress Online Catalog > Marjorie Agosín
  6. ^ "Table of Contents: Sisterhood is global :". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. ^ Reinares, Laura Barberán (2010). "Globalized Philomels: State Patriarchy, Transnational Capital, and the Fermicides on the US- Mexican Border in Roberto Bolaño's 2666". South Atlantic Review. 75 (4): 51–72, on 69. JSTOR 41635653.
  8. ^ Wellesley College > Department of Spanish Faculty Archived 2011-05-17 at the Wayback Machine

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