Ana Maria Simo
Ana María Simo is a New York playwright, essayist, and lesbian activist. Born and raised in Cuba, she was forced to leave the island during the political/homophobic witch-hunts of the late 1960s. She immigrated to Paris in time to witness the May 1968 revolt, study with Roland Barthes, and participate in early women's and gay and lesbian rights groups like the Gouines Rouges, MLF, and FHAR. Since moving to New York in 1973, she has written some dozen plays and collaborated with experimental artists such as choreographer Stephanie Skura and composer Zeena Parkins. She co-founded the lesbian theater Medusa's Revenge, the direct-action group the Lesbian Avengers, the national cable program Dyke TV, and the groundbreaking online magazine The Gully, offering queer views on everything. Her New York Times-reviewed plays have been produced in such venues as PS 122, Theatre for the New City, INTAR Hispanic Arts Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. How To Kill Her, her short feature film with Ela Troyano, has been widely screened in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. A CD of her play The Opium War with music by Zeena Parkins was released by Roulette. Heartland is her first novel. She recently finished On Cannibals, her second novel, and is currently writing a new one, titled Divine Light.