Alejandra Bernal

Alejandra is studying the PhD in Spanish at the University of Ottawa, where she also completed the master’s degree. In 1995 she won Mexico’s Juan Rulfo Prize for first novel with Tránsito obligatorio: novela a dos puntos de fuga (Joaquín Mortiz 1996) and in 1996, the national prize for her collection of short stories, Naturaleza muerta: cinco cuentos límite (Tusquets 2003).She has a certificate in creative writing from the Sociedad General de Escritores de México (SOGEM, 1993-1995) and her fiction was granted support from the Centro Mexicano de Escritores (1996) and the Mexican Council for the Arts (1997). She came to Canada in 2001 as artist in residence at the Conseil des arts et lettres de Québec. She studied Architecture and holds master’s degrees from McGill University (2004) and University of California, Berkeley (2000). Her thesis explores the function of allegory in recent Latin-American novels.