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SUZANA VARGAS

Suzana Vargas or Suzana Bisch Kfuri was born on 02/28/1955 in Alegrete, state of Rio Grande do Sul, and went to elementary and high school in Quarai, a small town on the border with Uruguay. At the age of 18, she finished school and got married, coming to live in Rio de Janeiro. She studied Language and Literature at UFRJ, graduating in 1979. During her college years, her two daughters were born (Daniela, in 1976, and Ana Paula, in 1979). She taught Portuguese and Literature at various school levels. She participated in the anthology Universitários: Verso e Prosa. Her first book of poems, Por um pouco mais, was published in 1979.

The next year, she began a master’s in Literary Theory at the same university. From 1980 to 1987, she taught at various universities and schools, worked as a proofreader and translator and published poetry books for adults and children. During this time, she also worked at Prodelivro – the Ministry of Education’s Book Development Program – coordinating the Clubes de Leitura (reading clubs).
In 1988, she worked for a brief period at the Children and Young Adult’s Book Foundation and at Embrafilme (which later became the Brazilian Cinema Foundation). The following year, she defended her master’s thesis Leitura: uma aprendizagem de prazer, which was later published by José Olympo publishing house. In 1990, she went to the National Library Foundation, where she managed the project Text Theatre – dramatized readings of Brazilian authors. In 1993, she began the Reading Circles project, which she created and coordinated until 2005 at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília. From 1993 to 2003, she edited the National Library Foundation’s magazine Poesia Sempre. In 1996 she established Estação das Letras, a center for reading and writing workshops, production and courses in the literature and arts area (http://www.estacaodasletras.com.br). In the following years, she created and produced various national and international literary events, including the I Meeting with Contemporary Hispano-American Literature, Briefings from Borges, meetings between teaching professionals and the Young Arena at the Rio de Janeiro Book Biennial, the Reading Space for the National Education Development Foundation (FNDE) and the Art of Reading for the Rio de Janeiro municipal culture office.

Over the course of all these years, Suzana has worked with various partners, including public and private institutions and companies, giving support to reading, books and literature in Brazil.