Discipline: Literature – fiction

Mario Alberto Zambrano

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Spring, TX
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014

Mario Alberto Zambrano danced for Batsheva Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Ballet Frankfurt between the years 1994 and 2005 before returning to school to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for an M.F.A. in English, where he received the John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Loteria, his first novel (Harper Collins, 2013), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for the fall of 2013 and a finalist for the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was hailed as a Best Book of 2013 by Booklist, The Village Voice, Vogue, and School Library Journal. Zambrano has been awarded literary fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scotland’s Hawthornden Castle. Currently, he’s working on a new novel while serving as program director for Orsolina28’s Kylián Summer Program and as associate director of dance at The Juilliard School in New York City.


Phi Beta

Mario Alberto Zambrano worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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