Karen Villeda Villeda has published one children's book, Cuadrado de Cabeza (Edebé, 2015) , and four collections of poetry: Dodo (Conaculta, 2013), Constantinopla (Posdata Ediciones, 2013), Babia (UNAM, 2011) and Tesauro (Conaculta, 2010). She is Honorary Fellow Writer of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and has been Writer in Residency in The Ragdale Foundation. Villeda has been awarded with grants from the Young Creators Program of the National Fund for Culture and Arts and the Open Society Foundations. Villeda has won, among other literary awards, the Youth Prize of Mexico City 2014, the Fine Arts Prize for Children's Fiction, the "Elías Nandino" National Award of Youth Poetry in 2013, the First Prize of Poetry "Punto de Partida" of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2008 and the IV National Award of Poetry for Children "Narciso Mendoza" in 2005. In her web 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 will appear in the third volume of Electronic Literature Collection of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, French, 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.
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