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Audio Interview With Patricia Engel

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Chica

The publication of Vida by Patricia Engel marks the impressive debut of a young Colombian-American writer.

In her first interview about her collection, Engel speaks about:


Living in an artistic household and immigration as an art.


The theme of exile.

How her grandmother's devotion to writing influenced her.


Patricia Engel reads from "Madre Patria," one of Vida's strongest stories.


Loving the complexities of Miami.


Dedicating the book to her parents.

Sabina, the central protagonist and narrator of her stories.


Composing stories like music.


Teaching her students to daydream.

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