Una charla con Rose Mary Salum

An author, an academic, an editor, the founder and director of Literal: Latin American Voices – Rose Mary Salum es una figura muy importante in the publication of content across cultures in the Américas. Put in slightly more accessible terms, she’s kind of a big a deal. El lunes tenemos not one but TWO oportunidades de hablar con ella sobre sus diferentes proyectos. In the morning, the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese is hosting a roundtable brunch where she will discuss two of her publications: “Una de ellas” (published in Literal) and “Editing Journals across Languages and Cultures” (in the 2009 edition of Profession– online access limited to universities and subscribers). That evening at 5:30, UCLA will also be hosting a reception where Salum will get deeper into some of the linguistic and cultural issues that need to be negotiated in a publication like Literal. For those who are concerned, we have it on the authority of the organizers that in the spirit of Teo Ruiz, wine will be served antes de la charla… y quizas después también – if there’s any left – because lit scholars can be a thirsty bunch. Another in a long line of strong speakers that the Department of Spanish & Portuguese has hosted this year, Salum is highly recommended for anyone interested in project HELA.

“Rose Mary Salum is founder and director of the bilingual magazine Literal: Latin American Voices and author of short story collections Spaces In Between (2006), Entre los espacios (2002), and Vitrales (1994). In 2009, she collected works for Amalafa y Caligrafía: Literatura de origen árabe en América Latina for the journal Hostos Review. She recently completed Cuentos semitas, an anthology of short fiction by Latin American authors from Arabic and Jewish backgrounds, and a collection of micro-fiction titled El insomnio del arte. She has earned a wide range of awards and nominations for her literary and editorial efforts including “Author of the Year 2008” from the Hispanic Book Festival, the Ana María Matute Prize from Torremozas, the leading Spanish publisher of literature by women, the Hispanic Excellence Award, two Lone Star Awards (2005, 2006), recognitions from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, the Western Publishing Association’s Maggie Awards, and the Classical Award from the University of St. Thomas, where she completed her masters degree. Born in Mexico and of Lebanese descent, in 2003 US Congress honored Rose Mary for her many contributions to the Hispanic community, and currently she teaches creative writing at Rice University.