Mercedes Cebrián is a writer and translator, born in Madrid in 1971. She holds a licentiate in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, a masters in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a masters in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. She was a writing fellow at the Residencia de Estudiantes, the Spanish Academy in Rome, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Ledig House, Valaparaíso Foundation and at our very own Santa Maddalena Foundation. Her novels include La Nueva Taxidermia, published in 2011 by Mondadori, and El Genuino Sabor, published in 2014 by Literatura Random House. She is also a poet, having published two books of poetry: Mercado Común and Malgastar. Her work explores the emotional bonds people form with inanimate objects. Her writing has appeared in El País, Vanguardia, The Massachusetts Review and Circumference, amongst other publications. She has translated a number of texts from English and French into Spanish. She currently resides is Madrid.