We are proud to announce that Alicia Partnoy is the recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize for her collection of poems Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales translated by the poet Gail Wronsky. The book is scheduled for publication in November.
Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” Following her released from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979.
She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. She is the editor of You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. From 2003 to 2006, she was co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.
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Jing Chen is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at LMU, working with the Chinese program. She obtained her double-bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and her master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University. She has been teaching English in Southwest Petroleum University in Sichuan Province China for five years. Her academic interests lie in applying Systemic Functional Grammar to translation, writing and second-language teaching.