Luisa Futoransky

Luisa Futoransky’s adventures around the world have made her writing vivid. Futoransky studied music at the Conservatorio Municipal from 1953–1961 before studying poetry with Jorge Luis Borges and publishing her first three collections, Strong Drink (1963), The Heart of Places (1964), and Babel, Babel (1968). She joined the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1970 on a Fulbright Fellowship. She then spent two years in Italy writing poetry and studying opera before deciding not to return to the political upheaval of Argentina. Instead, in 1976 she began a five-year journey through Asia, teaching opera at Japan’s National Academy of Music and working at Radio Peking in China. Although she has continued to travel, she settled in Paris in 1981 and began writing essays and fiction alongside her numerous books of poetry. Futoransky’s work is rooted in her experience, often drawing on themes of exile, travel, and the physicality of her own body. She was honored with the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1990 and a Guggenheim Fellowship the following year.

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In a life of journeys throughout the world and the arts, Luisa Futoranksy's writings have accompanied her, continually influencing and being influenced by the new people and places she encounters.

Photographer: Tamara Pince.

Institution: Erin Graff Zivin.

Date of Birth

Buenos Aires

Poet, Writer, Journalist

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