“2011 National Short Story Award Agustin Yáñez
— for El Aborto Como Estrategia

Dante Medina

2011 Agustin Yáñez Short Story Award | 2010 José Rubén Romero Award |1994 Guggenheim | 1994 & 2000 Casa de Las Américas Award

 

MEXICO

Dante Medina was born in Jilotlán of Sorrows, Mexico. Winner of numerous national and international awards, Medina is considered one of the most important contemporary Mexican authors writing today. He has published more than fifty books in all literary genres (novels, stories, essays, poetry, theater, scripts, chronics), by leading publishers: the Economic Culture Fund, Editorial Tusquets, Alianza Editorial, CONACULTA, the American House, New Image, Ediciones B, among others. He graduated in Arts from the University of Guadalajara. Master of Arts for the same U. G. DEA (Diploma of Specialized Studies) Romance Languages; DEUG (Diploma of General University Studies) in Portuguese, and Doctor of Letters by the University Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France (1983). Medina has been a fellow of the governments of Germany, France, USA, and Mexico. He was the director from 1981 to 1984 of the Latin American Theatre Group at the University of Montpellier. Medina was alsothe founder and first director of the Department of Literary Studies and the PhD Program in Literature at the University of Guadalajara. Recently, he founded the Philology Research Center (Department of Modern Languages, CUCSH). He was responsible for nearly a decade of the Literary Tribute International Book Fair of Guadalajara. And was co-founder and secretary of the Award for Latin American and Caribbean “Juan Rulfo”. Medinahas been lecturer, teacher, researcher, and/o writer in residence at prestigious institutions and universities such as La Sorbonne in Paris, The University of Poitiers, and The University of Montpellier in France. New York University, Tulane University, Yale University, Chicago University, Northwestern University, Brown University, University of Syracuse, University of New York, University of New Mexico, Siena University, University of Florence, Bologna University in Italy among many other countries such as Spain, Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Cuba and his beloved Mexico. He has worked for more than two decades in newspapers and radio. Newspapers: Siglo 21, El Occidental, El Informante, El Día, Unomásuno, La Jornada. Radio: XEJB, Radio Universidad de Guadalajara, Metrópoli Radio, Radio ACIR and Radio Clapas, France. Medina’s books have been translated into English, French, Romanian, Italian, and Hebrew. And he has published books in Spain, Romania, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico.

1993 OCA Prize in Literature, in Jalisco
1994, 2000 Literary Award Casa de Las Américas
1994 Guggenheim Fellowship
1995 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for The Myth of Don Juan Tenorio.
1996 Decoration of Chevalier de Tire- Douzil of France
2002 Jalisco Award
2005 and 2009 Jalisco scholarship program for artists with a history
2005 West Booksellers Association the Literary Merit Award
2010 Honorary Degree Award "Enrique Díaz de León"
2010 Novel Arts Prize José Rubén Romero in Michoacán
2011 National Short Story Award Agustin Yáñez
 

Selected Books

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La Dama de la Gardenia

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Doktor Psiquiatra

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Yo Soy Don Juan, para servir a Usted

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Mundus Novus

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Culito y Lugubrio

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Ir, volver y... que darse

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Te ve, mi amor, t.v.

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La seduccion y sus espejos

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Feminus

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Tola

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Niñoserías

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Los Placeres de la Lengua


Yo Soy Don Juan, para servir a Usted is one of the most modern pieces ever to lend itself to the stage in Mexico and anywhere else”
— Juan Jose Arreola

“2011 National Short Story Award Agustin Yáñez
— for El Aborto Como Estrategia

“Dante Medina is using a radically new language, totally original and extremely rare in Mexican and Latin American literature. The transposition of dreams that affects his writing is a great and most welcomed contribution. This gift is seldom seen [...] His is a revolutionary language, a revolutionary literature”
— Juan Rulfo

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Dante Medina