Monica Trasandes writes fiction, plays and screenplays. Her play “Vacation” was produced in 2001 and got strong reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Backstage West and the L.A. Weekly, which called the play “Private Lives for the 21st century.” Several shorter plays have been produced in Los Angeles, and one, “Christmas Past,” was made into a short film.
She recently completed her first novel, “Born Ugly.” Her short stories have been published in several literary journals, including “The Sun” and have been anthologized. In 2005, she received an Astraea grant for a novel she is now completing called “Car Accident, Spain.”
Born in Uruguay, South America, she moved to the United States as a child and grew up in Southern California. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.