Monica Gontovnik is a Colombian poet, choreographer, and dancer, founder and director of Kore Dance Theater. For over thirty years she has been a cultural figure in her native city of Barranquilla. She has published six poetry books and is actually working on a novel and another poetry collection. Between 1982 and 1997 she directed Kore Dance Theatre, an all-women group that experimented with movement in order to create original pieces for the stage and alternative spaces. Between 1995-2000 Monica was artistic director of the International Contemporary Dance Festival: Barranquilla Nueva Danza. Currently Monica is ABD of the Doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. Her dissertation research centers on Colombian contemporary women artists. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) in Arts and Psychology for Healing. At the present time she is a columnist of the main North Coast of Colombia newspaper El Heraldo. She is a professor of Humanities at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia where she is the creator and editor of a virtual feminist magazine: http://guayacan.uninorte.edu.co/publicaciones/falda_huitaca/
Monica Gontovnik is a contributor to Nerve Lantern issue 1.
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