MARIA GRACIA SANTILLANA LINARES

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About Me

I'm a writer at heart. 

 

I'm currently a freelance writer and a fourth-year student at New York University studying Journalism and Comparative Literature with a focus on Latin American Studies. I'm passionate about the intersection of culture, technology and politics, and how art can impact sociopolitical movements around the world, particularly in Latin America. I've previously studied in Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Ghana.

I'm particularly interested in covering the food, fashion, and art worlds, and recently NFTs, as well as the translatability of foreign language texts into English. I've written for national international, and foreign publications covering anything from local protest to gallery openings. 

 
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Work Experience

January 2021- May 2021

Modern Luxury | Digital Content Intern

I cover the luxury world for Modern Luxury national magazines, writing about food, style, fashion collaborations and celebrity real estate. I'm also the lead writer for the “Weekly Recipes” column and key writer in NFT coverage for all company websites.

September 2020 - Present

In The Zeitgeist | Editor-in-Chief

I edit biweekly opinion articles by a team of six writers spanning issues in American politics.  I provide feedback on pitches as well as 1-2 rounds of editing per article. I also manage the editorial's social media page, designing, creating, and scheduling weekly posts highlighting our featured article of the week .

September 2019 - December 2019 

The Buenos Aires Times | Editorial Intern

While in Buenos Aires, I worked alongside the Editorial team of the country's top English publication  to translate pieces for publication and cover local stories. I was a key member of the team, covering  local exhibit openings, city-wide protests, as well as the 2019 Argentine Presidential Elections on election night. 

 

Education

2022 / MAY

New York University

Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and Journalism,

Minors in Public Policy and Management, and Creative Writing

2020/JAN

New York University, Accra

During January of 2020, I studied abroad in Accra, Ghana as part of the Presidential Honors Scholar, studying research methods and Ghanian history. 

2019/DEC

New York University, Buenos Aires

During the Fall of 2019 I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I took coursework focusing on Latin American politics, literature, culture, and journalism.