Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas
Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Lina M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas is a writer specializing in creative nonfiction and literary translation. Her book Don’t Come Back (Mad Creek Books, 2017) blends translations of Spanish adages and adaptations of major Colombian myths with personal essays about growing up amid violence and magic. She is also the author of Drown Sever Sing (Anomalous Press, 2015), a collection of short stories based on popular Colombian legend and folktales, retold, recast, and reimagined, and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Great American Essay (Mad Creek Books).
Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation work have been featured in The Bellingham Review, The Chicago Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Poets & Writers, and the Sunday Rumpus. She has been recognized with the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, The Coil magazine’s Best of the Net Award, and the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Discovered Voices Award, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.
Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, as well as a BA in English from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a coordinating editor for the nonfiction journal Fourth Genre and as a contributing editor for the journal of Speculative Nonfiction.
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