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Gabriela Ponce

Gabriela Ponce (Quito, 1977) is a fiction writer, playwright, and theater director, as well as a professor of performing arts at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. In 2019, she published the novel Sanguínea (Severo Editorial; also published in Spain by Editorial Candaya), which was awarded the Joaquín Gallegos Lara National Fiction Prize by the Municipality of Quito for best novel of the year. She is part of Mitómana, a performing arts collective, and is cofounder of the cultural venue Casa Mitómana. She is on the editorial board of Sycorax magazine.

from Blood Red

Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Ponce’s English language debut features an unnamed woman wrestling with the consequences of a failed marriage and an all consuming affair. Told in a stream of consciousness style that Book Culture describes as “like putting Viriginia Woolf and Ottessa Moshfegh in a blender,” Blood Red is a raw, visceral exploration of female bodily autonomy, power, and vulnerability.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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