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Jesse Lee Kercheval

Primary Profession: Writer

Expertise: Spanish, Poetry translation, Contemporary Poetry

Language(s): Spanish

Bio: Bio: Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida, She received her BA from Florida State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of 12 books of poetry, fiction and memoir including the novel My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013); the poetry collection Cinema Muto (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), winner of the Crab Orchard Award; The Alice Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; the poetry collection Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004); the memoir Space (Algonquin Books, 1998), winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and The Dogeater (University of Missouri Press, 1987), winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. Her current projects include writing the introductory essay, selecting and translating poems for El Puente Invisible/ The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia. Poems from this collection have been published or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, Agni, Blackbird. the Colorado Review, the Cincinnati Review, the Gettysburg Review, jubilat, the Mississippi Review, Pleiades, Subtropic and West Branch among others. Her translations of other Uruguayan poets, including Tatiana Oroño and Agustín Lucas have been published or are forthcoming in Ploushares, The Diagram and Stand. She currently editing América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets which will be published by University of New Mexico Press. She is also working on a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poetry of her own poems, Extranjera/ Stranger. Poems from the collection have been published or are forthcoming in bilingual format in Prairie Schooner, the Cream City Review, Mantis, Tabula Poetica, Hinchas de poesía: a digital codex of contemporary pan-american writing. the Los Angeles Review, Bosque, and la fovea. Kercheval has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Research and Study Center at Harvard and has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs. She was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing from 1994 to 2010. She is currently the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. more information at

Professional Affiliations and Certifications: AWP: Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Publications: América invertida: An Anthology of Younger Uruguayan Poets, forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press in 2015; My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013); Brazil (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010); Cinema Muto (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009); The Alice Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2007); film history as train wreck (Center For Book Arts, 2006); Chartreuse (Hollyridge Press, 2005); Dog Angel (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004): Building Fiction (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003); World as Dictionary (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999); Space (Algonquin Books, 1998); The Museum of Happiness (Faber and Faber,1993); The Dogeater (University of Missouri Press,1987).

Education: M.F.A. Creative Writing Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa B.A. History Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Awards: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Professorship, University of Wisconsin, 2013 Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Arts, Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2012-2014 Creative Writing Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board, 2009 Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Prize, Cleveland State University, 2009 Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize 2006 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, 2006; Alex Award, for Space, American Library Association, 1999 Creative Writing Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board, 1991 Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship, Bunting Institute, Radcliffe Research and Study Center, Harvard, 1989-91 Literary Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1989-90 James A. Michener Fellowship for the First Novel, James A. Michener and the Copernicus Society, 1987-88 Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction, for The Dogeater, 1987.

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