Alicia Partnoy


Alicia Partnoy is a survivor of the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people ‘disappeared’ in her country, Argentina. She is best known as the author of The Little School:Tales of Disappearance and Survival that was published in Argentina  in 2006 as La Escuelita.

A poet, translator, and scholar, Alicia Partnoy has published the poetry collection Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, translated by Gail Wronsky and illustrated by Raquel Partnoy. Poems from her Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana rode the metro in New York, Dallas, and Washington D.C. , have been set to music by Sweet Honey in the Rock, and have been translated into several languages, including Hebrew.

Partnoy edited You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile, and from 2003 to 2006, she was the co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: the journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her work has twice been a Pushcart Foundation Writer’s Choice Selection (Tobias Wolff and Bobbie Ann Mason), and has been listed in the London Times as a best-seller. Her poems, testimonial texts, and scholarship have been widely published in the United States and abroad.

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