Karen Villeda has published two children's books, Pelambres (Pearson, 2016) and Cuadrado de Cabeza. El mejor detective del mundo o eso cree él (Edebé, 2015); four collections of poetry: Dodo (Conaculta, 2013), Constantinopla (Posdata Ediciones, 2013), Babia (UNAM, 2011) and Tesauro (Conaculta, 2010), and one book of essays Tres (Cuadrivio Ediciones, 2016). She participated in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa during 2015. Villeda has been awarded with grants from the Open Society Foundations, Ragdale Foundation and Young Creators Program of the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). Villeda has won, among other literary awards, the 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 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 is 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. She collaborates in Letras Libres and Nexos. Nowadays, Villeda is the director of the Digital Literature Diplomate at Border Gallery in Mexico City.
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