Mario Alberto Zambrano was a contemporary ballet dancer before writing fiction. He lived in Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Japan; danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company. After he retired from dance, he graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria, his first novel, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writing Pick for Fall 2013, a finalist for the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, and the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Award. Loteria was hailed as a best book of 2013 by Booklist, Vogue, The Village Voice, School Library Journal, and San Antonio Press. His writing has appeared in Guernica, The Brooklyn Rail, Gulf Coast, and has been anthologized in 2014 Best Gay Stories and Narrative 4’s How To Be A Man project. He is the recipient of literary fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, and The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Hawthornden Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently, he is working on his second novel, and is a Lecturer at Harvard University.
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