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Ilana Luna

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Community Presenter 2020

About Ilana Luna

Ilana Luna is Associate professor of Latin American Studies and Spanish at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in literary translation (2011). (M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006; B.A. Bryn Mawr College, 2001). At ASU she teaches on Latin American film, literature in Spanish and in translation, and Latin America Cultural Studies. She author of the book Adapting Gender: Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film (SUNY Press, 2018) that considers the subversive potential of film adaptation of literary texts that intersect with feminist discourses in a neoliberal Mexico. She is the Director of Programming for the international film Femme Revolution Film Fest in Mexico City, and a writer and translator of poetry and prose. You can find some of her work in the journals Jacket2Hostos ReviewAskewFour Chambers PressOomph!, BarzakhHektoen International, Vice Versa, and Contrapuntos. She has translated Juan José Rodinás’s Koan: Underwater (Cardboard House Press, 2018),  Judith Santopietro’s Tiawanaku: Poems from the Madre Coqa (Orca Libros) and Giancarlo Huapaya’s Sub Verse Workshop (Lavender Ink/ Diálogos)