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Magdalena Edwards is a writer, translator, and actor based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Boston Review, the Millions, El Mercurio, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in Cosmopolitanisms (NYU Press 2017) and Psychogeographical Romance (Essay Press 2015). Her translations include the work of Chilean poets Nicanor Parra and Raúl Zurita, Chilean author and cultural critic Oscar Contardo, Brazilian writer and theorist Silviano Santiago, and Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector's second novel The Chandelier (New Directions 2018). She is working on a translation of Chilean surrealist Juan Emar's posthumously published novel AMOR, as well as a collection of poems translated from Brazilian Portuguese. Her first book of poems, The Hired Mourner, is forthcoming with Rakish Light Press in 2018. Magdalena is the co-founder, with Merriwether Williams, of Collision Collective, dedicated to storytelling across media. Her one-woman show I Wanna Be Robert De Niro premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2017, and she performed The Body Speaks: On Clarice Lispector's The Chandelier at Oxford University in November 2017. Magdalena is a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and she was a staff writer for Chile's leading newspaper El Mercurio in the Artes & Letras section from 2000-2001 where she published reviews, essays, and interviews, including conversations with poets Rita Dove and Adrienne Rich. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard.