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Rowena Galavitz, M.A.



Editing and Translation

I mastered the art of typography and proofreading at type shops in New York City where I helped to create art books for museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and educational books for publishers such as Scholastic as I enjoyed the art and punk rock scene of the city in the 80s.


When I moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, in the early 90s I edited, translated, or oversaw the production of a plethora of coffee table art books and art catalogues for museums and galleries.


In Mexico City, I worked as a subtitle editor doing closed captioning for films and TV series from 2010-2016 until I returned to graduate school in the States.

For my current editing and translation work, I focus broadly on the arts and humanities and specifically on contemporary Mexican and early modern Spanish culture, including the colonial Spanish world. I also edit fiction and translate literature.

My literary translation focuses on Latin America, especially Mexico, and more specifically on women writers and writers from Oaxaca. Find out more about my literary translation 


I study literary, religious, and artistic aspects of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish-speaking world, especially convent writers. My scholarly pursuits have entailed archival research in Mexico, Spain, and Peru where I investigated the work of two female writers. See more 


I have taught classes at the university level in English literature and composition, English as a Second Language, intermediate Spanish, and religious studies. I love to teach students about how languages and literatures work, and I am particularly at ease when I teach about a wide range of texts on a single theme from different historical periods. See more 


Parallel to my editorial and educational work, I created literature-inspired art in a variety of media for three decades, mostly in Mexico, where I held five one-woman exhibits, and I participated in over 60 group shows in museums and galleries. Because of this, I am knowledgeable about art history and a wide range of art-making techniques. See more 


  • Certificate, literary translation, Indiana University, 2023 (expected)

  • M.A., comparative literature, Indiana University, August 2022

  • M.A., religious studies, Indiana University, August 2022

  • M.A., European studies, Indiana University, 2016

  • Certificate, figurative art, New York Academy of Art, 1986

  • B.S., studio art, New York University, 1983

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