(Guadalajara, Mexico, 1969) Writer, academic and literary critic, has lectured in Literature at the Universidad Iberoamericana and in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland. Since 1990 he has been a literary critic and has collaborated in magazines and newspapers in Mexico and Spain. After a brief period as the editor of literature for the Fondo de Cultura Económica he joined the magazine Letras Libres. In 1996 he won the Joaquín Mortiz First Novel Prize with La muerte de un instalador. He has published books of short stories like Virtudes capitals (1998) and Hipotermia (2005). His novel El cementerio de sillas was selected by the magazine La Tempestad as the best Mexican novel in 2003. He was listed as one of the best young Latin American writers of the moment as part of the Bogotá39 project /2007). Sudden Death won him the 2013 Herralde Prize. His latest book is Ahora me rindo y eso es todo, published in 2018. He is based in Washington and Mexico City.