Mario Alberto Zambrano
Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Mario Alberto Zambrano is a current writer and choreographer. He danced as contemporary ballet dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company. He graduated from The New School as a Riggio Honors Fellow and 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 Writer pick for Fall 2013, a finalist for the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Award, The Texas Institute of Letters Book Award 2014, and the 2014 International Latino Book Award. Loteria was hailed as a best book of 2013 by Booklist, The Village Voice,School Library Journal, and San Antonio Press. His writing has appeared in FiveChapters, Guernica, Brooklyn Rail, and has been anthologized in Best Gay Stories 2014 and Narrative 4’s How To Be A Man project. He has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.