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Melanie Marquez Adams


Host Daniel Chacón talks to writer Melanie Márquez Adams. She is an Ecuadorian American writer and translator who has made her home in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her most recent fiction and nonfiction can be found in journals such as The Southern Review, Puerto del Sol, Laurel Review, Spanglish Voces, and Huellas Magazine.

While she does write and publish in English, she chooses to write principally in Spanish as an act of resistance. She is the author of a collection of short stories and two essay collections, as well as the editor of the anthology Del sur al norte: Narrativa y poesía de autores andinos, winner of a 2018 International Latino Book Award. A tireless advocate of Spanish-language writers in the US, Melanie serves as Spanish content editor for Latino Book Review, and producer and translator for Tres Cuentos Literary Podcast.

Interview Originally Aired on March 20, 2022.