Was born in Motril (Granada) in 1973.
She has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Granada; her doctoral
thesis, entitled â€˜Arguedas y Cortázar: dos búsquedas de una identidad
latinoamericanaâ€™ [â€˜Arguedas and Cortázar: two Searches for a Latin American
Identityâ€™] won the Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado [Extraordinary Doctoral Prize].
She held a research grant from the Junta de Andalucía, in the Spanish Philology
Department of the Universidad de Granada, from 1997 to 2001, and a postdoctoral grant
in the same department from 2001 until March 2003. She has been employed from March
2003 to the present as a lecturer in the Universidad de Jaén, where she gives
classes on Spanish and Spanish American Literature.
In addition, Gracia Morales is a co-founder of Remiendo Teatro, a company created
in 2000 and based in Granada, which to date has staged seven performances based on
her texts; on occasions she participates as both actress and assistant director. As a
theatre author, she has taken part in numerous conferences and colloquia, in Spain and
also abroad, and has lead various theatre writing workshops.
She is author of, among others, the following plays: Vistas a la luna [Views
of the Moon] (1998), Interrupciones en el suministro eléctrico
[Interruptions in the Electricity Supply] (1999), Formulario quinientos
veintidós [Form Five Hundred and Twenty-two] (1999), Prolegómenos
[Prolegomena] (2000), Quince peldaños [Fifteen Steps] (2000), 9.15:
Martínez Ruiz (2001), Como si fuera esta noche [As if it Were
Tonight] (2002), Un lugar estratégico [A Strategic Place]
(2003), Un horizonte amarillo en los ojos [A Yellow Horizon in Your Eyes]
(2003), Y a ti, Â¿qué te da miedo? [And You, What Scares You?]
(2006) (a play for children) and A paso lento [A Slow Passing] (2007).
In addition, she has had several short pieces published and has participated in
several collective projects, such as La orilla perra del mundo
[The Wretched Shore of the World] (2005), Puertas cerradas [Closed Doors]
(2005) or Madrid. Ciudad maldita [Madrid. Accursed City] (2005).
Gracia Morales also writes poetry; she came to prominence in this field through the
short volume Ocho poemas para andar por casa [Eight Poems for Around the
House] (2000) and the books Manual de corte y confección [Dressmaking
Manual] (2001) and De puertas para dentro [In Private] (2004). In addition, as a
researcher of Hispano-American Literature, she has published numerous articles
in internationally renowned journals and in books and conference proceedings.
Some of her plays have been translated into French and Italian, and many have been
performed in Latin America.
As a theatre author, she won the First Prize in the Certamen Internacional de
Teatro Breve Fundación Ciudad de Requena (with Formulario quinientos
veintidós) and the Marqués de Bradomín Prize (with Quince
peldaños), both in 2000; in 2003 she was awarded the Miguel Romero Esteo
Prize (with Un lugar estratégico). Lastly, in 2004 her book of poems
De puertas para dentro was awarded the Zaidín Javier Egea Poetry Prize.