Magda Bogin


New York-born writer Magda Bogin has been described as a cultural chameleon. 

About Magda

Bogin is a former Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation of the Arts.  She has held residencies from the Russian writers’ colony at Peredelkino and, most recently, from Château Lavigny, in Switzerland.

She is the author of the novels Natalya, God’s Messenger (Scribner) and Complicity, forthcoming. She has published numerous translations from French, Provençal, Catalan and Spanish, including Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits. Her multimedia mini-chamber opera, CODEX, with music by Mexican composer Felipe Pérez Santiago, premiered at the Teatro Ocampo in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in January 2018. She is currently at work on a Spanish-language opera based on the Mexican Day of the Dead, a new novel, tentatively entitled Smuggled, and a collection of poems.





Magda Bogin is a gifted writer who moves between fiction, poetry and literary translation with wit, humor and unassuming erudition. Generous and global in outlook, she is also an inspired teacher who nurtures the talents of others by bringing people together to create, innovate and perform.”

Electa Arenal, scholar, New York City