Karen Villeda has published three essay collections, five books of poetry and two children's books. She participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa during 2015 and she was writer-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center. Villeda has been awarded with grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Ragdale Foundation, Fundacion Gabo, Hivos, US State Department and Young Creators Program of the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). Villeda has won, among other literary awards, the National Award of Poetry "Ignacio Manuel Altamirano", National Literature Award "Gilberto Owen" 2019, Fine Arts Prize for Literary Essay 2017, "Clemencia Isaura" National Award of Poetry in 2016, Youth Prize of Mexico City 2014, Fine Arts Prize for Children's Fiction 2014, "Elías Nandino" National Award of Youth Poetry in 2013, First Prize of Poetry Punto de Partida of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2008 and IV National Award of Poetry for Children "Narciso Mendoza" in 2005. In this website POETronicA (www.poetronica.net), Villeda explores poetry and multimedia. Her interest in poetry and its relation with various technological resources began with LABO: laboratory of cyberpoetry (www.labo.com.mx). Part of her digital work is in the third volume of Electronic Literature Collection of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, French, German, English and Portuguese. She has also published her poems in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, United States, Guatemala and Venezuela. She has translated John Keats' Lamia to Spanish. Nowadays, she is is editor-in-chief of Este País, one of the top political and cultural magazines in Mexico, and also is a mentor of the Women´s Creative Mentorship Project of the University of Iowa.
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