Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: “A Prolific Woman Novelist Takes Center Stage for Herself: Sol Ceh Moo”

Tue, November 4, 2014 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM

Maya Yukateko novelist Sol Ceh Moo, winner of the 2014 Nezahualcoyotl Award, the most prolific woman novelist in the Yucatán Peninsula, thinks of herself as a woman breaking paradigms, one who wants to prove that those who write in indigenous languages are capable of competing and sharing their work with any society on this planet. They can tackle any topic, and there is no need to write exclusively about indigenous traditions, but “about anything we see either in the Maya world or elsewhere,” with the sole nuance of writing in Maya instead of Spanish.
Sol Ceh Moo was born in Calotmul, in eastern Yucatán, in 1974. She completed a bachelor’s degree in education from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), where she later taught courses in Maya grammar. She has worked as a translator and a certified interpreter of Yukateko Maya. She is now completing her law degree at the UADY, and works as coordinator of the Yucatan Counties’ Cultural Development for the Yucatán Institute of Culture. She has published three major bilingual Maya/Spanish novels: X-Teya, u puksi’ik’al ko’olel/Teya, un corazón de mujer (2008), Sujuy k’iin/Día sin mancha (2011), and T’ambilák men tunk’ulilo’ob/El llamado de los tunk’ules (2011).  Ceh Moo won the Alfredo Barrera Vázquez Award, an all-university national competition, for the short story “Pay Wakaxil/Torero” in 2007 and again in 2010, for her story “U kimil ch’ana’at/La muerte del adivino.” She also won the 2010–2011 National Literary Biennale for “Kaaltale’ ku xikunsik u jel puksi’ik’alo’ob/El alcohol también daña otros corazones”. She is a three-time recipient of the federally sponsored National Fund for Culture and Arts scholarship (FONCA) and is in the process of finishing two more novels and two books of essays. She is this year’s winner of the Nezahualcoyotl Award, the most prestigious literary award in Mexico and Latin America for indigenous writers, regardless of literary genre, for her new novel Chen tumeen x ch´úupen/Sólo por ser mujer.

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