Mario Alberto Zambrano was a professional dancer before writing fiction. He danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company. After fifteen years in the field, he attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to study fiction as an Iowa Arts Fellow. His first novel, Loteria, was a Barnes and Noble Great New Pick for 2013 and a finalist for the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Award. Booklist, Vogue, Village Voice, School Library Journal, and San Antonio Press hailed Loteria as a best book of 2013. He is the recipient of literary and dance fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Hawthornden Castle, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Presidential Scholar Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is a Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media at Harvard University.


Photo by Nephi Nevin.