Carmen Boullosa is a prominent and prolific Mexican novelist, poet, short story writer, and playwright. Roberto Bolaño regarded her as Mexico’s best female writer. She has published seventeen novels, five plays, and six collections of poetry. She has published short stories and poems in a wide variety of venues. Four of Boullosa’s novels have been translated into English. Other works have been translated into German, French, Italian, and Dutch. Boullosa’s work has been praised for its imagination, playfulness, and dazzling language.
With Salman Rushdie, Boullosa co-founded the Mexico City House for Persecuted Writers in Mexico City (Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl). She also co-founded Café Nueva York, a group of New York-based, Spanish language writers. She was a Cullman fellow of the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers, and taught at New York University, Columbia University, and City College, CUNY.
When the day of the launch arrived, she’d already forgotten all the trouble surrounding her novel. It was time now to celebrate. The rest was behind her. This included one small detail (well, not so small to some): the book that bore her name on its cover was not, in fact, the product of her pen.