Mayra Santos-Febres

Mayra Santos-Febres (born 1966) is a Puerto Rican professor of literature, poet, novelist, and critic who has garnered fame at home and abroad.

One of her most famous books is Sirena Selena (Selena the Siren), in which she describes the life of a teenaged homosexual male who works in the streets and has talent in singing.

Santos-Febres holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) from Cornell University. Her work has been translated into French, English, German, and Italian, and is presented in many universities in the United States by college teachers.

Santos-Febres is currently teaching at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She has announced plans to release several books in 2005, among them a collection of essays called Sobre Piel y Papel and also a novel about Isabel la Negra.


  • Anamu y manigua (1990)
  • Pez de vidrio (1994) (Winner of the Juan Rulfo Award)
  • Urban Oracles (1997)
  • Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2000)
  • Cualquier Miércoles soy Tuya (2002)
  • Sobre Piel y Papel (2005)
  • Nuestra Señora de la Noche (2006)

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