Elena Poniatowska (born May 19, 1932) is one of Mexico's best known journalists and authors, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on those considered to be disenfranchised especially women and the poor. Despite the lack of opportunity for women from the 1950s to the 1970s, she evolved to writing about social and political issues in newspapers, books in both fiction and nonfiction form. Her best known work is La noche de Tlatelolco (Massacre in Mexico) about the repression of the 1968 student protests in Mexico City. Despite the lack of international recognition, she is considered to be “Mexico’s grande dame of letters” and is still an active writer. Poniatowska has interviewed many political figures, including Subcomandante Marcos in 1994. In 1979, she was the first woman to win Mexico’s Premio Nacional de Periodismo (National Journalism Prize) for her contributions to the dissemination of Mexican cultural and political expression. Other awards she’s earned include the José Fuentes Mares National Prize for Literature in 2001, the International Women’s Media Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, and the Premio Iberoamericanoin 2007. Poniatowska has also received several honorary doctorates from prestigious institutions such as UNAM (2001), the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (1979), the New School of Social Research in NY (1994), the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (2000), and the University of Puerto Rico (2010).
Her works have been translated into English, Polish, French, Danish and German, placing her among one of the most translated journalists. [x]