A Hay Festival project celebrating 2015, the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico. Hay Festival, the British Council and Conaculta collaborated on this project to promote new voices in Mexican literature and bring their work to an international readership and the global publishing world.
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Juan Pablo Anaya
Verónica Gerber Bicecci
Pergentino José Ruiz
Luis Felipe Lomelí
Eduardo Montagner Anguiano
Antonio Ramos Revillas
Eduardo Ruiz Sosa
Daniel Saldaña París
Ximena Sánchez Echenique
Juan Pablo Anaya (Ciudad de México, 1980). He works as a teacher, he is ufologist by conviction and writes. He is a Doctoral student in philosophy at UNAM and holds an MA in philosophy and literature from the University of Warwick. He was an intern at the Mexican Foundation for the Letters in 2009. He has published essays, articles, interviews and reviews in publications such as Casa del tiempo, Culture Machine, and the Letras Libres blog among others. His first book, Kant y los extraterrestres (Tierra Adentro, 2012), won the José Vasconcelos National Youth Essay in 2012.
Gerardo Arana (Queretaro, 1987-2012) graduated with a degree in Modern Literature at the Autonomous University of Queretaro. He was a scholar both at the Queretano Institute of Culture and Arts in their Young Artists program in 2009, and on the Young Writers Course at the the Foundation for Mexican Literature that same year. He was the publishing director of Herring Publishers, Mexico, and the author of La máquina de hacer pájaros (Herring Publishers, 2008), Leónidas (Herring Publishers, 2009), El Whisky del Barbero Espadachín (Urano, 2010) y Bulgaria Mexicali (Herring Publishers, 2011). In 2014, his novel Meth Z was posthumously published by the Tierra Adentro Publishing Fund.
(Córdoba, Argentina, 1975; living in México since 1976). He is a narrator, essayist and editor. Architect from the University of Guanajuato. Since 1998, he has been the editor of the magazine La Tempestad. He has worked for various journals in Mexico, Argentina and Spain. His writings have been included in anthologies like Nuevas voces de la narrativa mexicana (Joaquín Mortiz, 2003), La escritura poliédrica. Ensayos sobre Daniel Sada (Tierra Adentro, 2012) and Contraensayo. Antología de ensayo mexicano actual (UNAM, 2012). After his first novel, Catálogo de formas (Peripheral, 2014), this year he will publish a collection of stories, Las moradas (Peripheral).
Verónica Gerber Bicecci (Mexico City, 1981) is a visual artist who writes. She makes visual pieces that are texts and texts that are visual pieces. Her projects explore the infinitesimal trails of things that can't be heard or seen. Her book Mudanza [Moving Out] (2010, Ed. Auieo) narrates the transformation of five writers into visual artists. Her work has been shown in both individual and collective exhibitions at Museo de la Ciudad de México, Casa Vecina, Museo Experimental el Eco, Centro Cultural de España, and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, among others. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the ENPEG, La Esmeralda and a master’s in art history from the UNAM. She is editor at the cooperative Tumbona Ediciones (www.tumbonaediciones.com); and has published essays, articles, and reviews in journals like Letras Libres, Make and Luvina, among others. In November 2013, she received the III Aura Estrada International Literature Award. To learn more visit www.veronicagerberbicecci.net.
(Oaxaca, 1981) He has a Master’s in Hispano-American Literature from the Universidad Austral de Chile. He was been a fellow of Fonca (2005), the Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Oaxaca (2008) and the Ford Foundation (2011-2013). He is the author of Y supe qué responder (SEP, 2006), published in a bilinguial Zapotec and Spanish version. In 2011 he won the CASA Literature Prize for Zapotec literature, in the poetry category, with the book Flor de zarzamora. His most recent publications are the book of short stories Hormigas rojas (Almadía, 2012) and the poetry collection Lenguaje de pájaros (Ediciones Avispero, 2014) in a trilingual Zapotec, Spanish and English edition. He was included in the México20 anthology, writings by a selection of Mexican fiction writers under forty, which was published in English (Pushkin Press) and in Spanish (Malpaso).
Laia Jufresa grew up in the cloud forest of Veracruz and spent her adolescence in Paris. In 2001, she moved to Mexico City and discovered she didn’t know how to cross a street. She’s been writing fiction ever since. She is the author of the short stories collection El esquinista (FETA, 2014) and the novel Umami (Literatura Random House, 2015). Umami has been published in seven languages, won the PEN Translates Award, was chosen as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 First Novel Festival in Chambéry, France, and is a finalist for The Best Translated Book Award 2017 (USA). Laia was named on the 2015 Mexico20 list of outstanding Mexican writers under 40, and the 2017 Bogota39 of young Latin American writers.
(Jalisco, 1975) He is an engineer, ecologist and PhD in Science and Culture. His first book, Todos santos de California (Tusquets /CONACULTA-INBA, 2002) won the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Literature Award . The tale El cielo de Neuquén , included in his second book, Ella sigue de viaje (Tusquets, 2005), was recognized with the Edmundo Valadés Latin American Story Award . It is also the author of textbooks and essays on ecology and in 2014 he published his latest novel: Indio borrado (Tusquets). He is considered as the author of the shortest story in the Spanish language, which has been translated into more than a dozen language, The Emigrant: - Forget something? - If only!
Brenda Lozano (Mexico City, 1981) is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in several anthologies. She studied Latin American literature and is a fellow of the FONCA Young Artist programme, and has had various writing residencies abroad. She edits the Spanish-language fiction in translation section of MAKE literary magazine. Todo nada (Tusquets, 2009) is her first novel - which is currently being adapted for the cinema - and Cuaderno ideal (Alfaguara, 2014) her second. She lives in New York and is studying at NYU.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her first book of essays was Papeles falsos (Sexto Piso, 2010) and her first novel was Los Ingrávidos, originally published by Sexto Piso in 2011. Both works have been published in English by Coffee House Press in the United States and Granta in the United Kingdom (as Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd respectively). In 2014 the US National Book Foundation listed her as one of their 5 under 35, one of the five best authors under 35 in the United States. The Story of My Teeth was one of the 100 best books of 2015, as listed by The New York Times, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction in 2016, and was selected for the 2017 Impac Prize. Her essay Los niños perdidos was published in 2016. She has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and currently lectures in Romance Language and Literate at Hofstra University. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Freeman’s, El País and Harper’s. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She was on the jury of the 2017 US National Book Awards and her latest novel, Lost Children Archives, written in English, will be published by Knop in the United States.
(Mexico, 1982) Fernanda Melchor made her debut on the Mexican literary scene with two books published in the same year, 2013. The first, Aquí no es Miami, is a collection of reports and stories all connected to the port of Veracruz; the second was entitled Falsa liebre. She has won several short-story, essay and reporting prizes, such as those run by CNDH (First Essay Competition on the subject of lynching, 2002), UNAM (Virtuality Literario Caza de Letras, 2007) and the Rubén Pabello Acosta Journalist Foundation (State Journalism Prize, 2009). Her work can be found in magazines such as Milenio, El Universal, Letras Libres and GQ , as well as on her blog: olasdesangre.wordpress.com. She has recently written Temporada de huracanes.
(Mexico, 1978) His latest book is Las tierras arrasadas (Literatura Random House, 2015). He has published the book of short stories Arrastrar esa sombra (Sexto Piso, 2008), shortlisted from the Antonin Artaud Prize; the novels Morirse de memoria (Sexto Piso, 2009), El cielo árido (Literatura Random House, 2012), winner of the 28th Jaén Novel Prize and the 5th Otras Voces, Otros Ámbitos Prize; and the children’s book Los insectos invisibles (Sexto Piso, 2013). He was also included in the short story anthology Lo desorden, published in 2013 by Alfaguara. He is currently a member of the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte network. His work was included in the Mexico20 book, a compilation of work of the best Mexican writers under 40. He is part of the Bogota39-20174's list. His lastest book is called La superficie más honda.
(Puebla, 1975) Linguist and writer. He writes in a variant of Venetian spoken since 1882 in the community of Chipilo, for which he has designed a script. In 2009 he was a FONCA scholar. He won the third and second place in the Concorso Letterario Internazionale in Lingua ‘Mario Donadoni (Bovolone, Verona, 2005-2006). He is the author of En la postura de mi muerte (Ilunar/BUAP, 1998), Parlar par véneto, víver a Mésico (Conaculta, 2005), Al prim (Conaculta/Secretaría de Cultura de Puebla, 2006), Toda esa gran verdad (Alfaguara 2006/ Punto de Lectura 2008) and Ancora fon ora (Conaculta/Secreatría de Cultura de Puebla, 2010), a Venetian monolingual book that consists of a novel, eight stories and twelve poems. His texts have been included the anthologies Veneti nel mondo (2005-2006) y en Grandes Hits: Nueva generación de narradores mexicanos (Almadía, 2008). He translated together with Giampiero Bucci the selected prose of Andrea Zanzotto in El (necesario) mentir (Vaso Roto Ediciones, 2011). His newest novel will be published in 2015 by Alfaguara.
Antonio Ortuño (Jalisco, 1976) is the author of El buscador de cabezas (2006), named by the newspaper Reforma as the best Mexican debut novel of the year, and Recursos humanos (Anagrama, 2007), for which he was shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize. He has written two books of short stories, El jardín japonés (Páginas de Espuma, 2007) and La Señora Rojo (Páginas de Espuma, 2010). His most recent novels are Ánima (Penguin Random House, 2011) and La fila india (Océano, 2013). His work has been translated into French, Romanian and Italian.
(Mexico City, 1978) He studied Politics at UNAM, where he submitted a thesis on the concept of power in the work of George Orwell. He writes a weekly column for Milenio and has translated books by authors such as Morris Berman, George Orwell and Somerset Maugham. In 2002 he was one of the founding members of the publishing house Sexto Piso, where he has since worked as an editor. La suma de los ceros was his first novel and has recently published La cinta negra. He was featured in the anthology México20, a selection of work by Mexican writers under forty, which was published in English (Pushkin Press) and in Spanish (Malpaso).
Antonio Ramos Revillas (Nuevo Leon, 1977) studied Spanish Literature at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon. He has been the recipient of various fellowships, including at FONCA and at the Foundation for Mexican Literature. For his stories and articles he has received several awards, such as the Julio Torri National Story Prize for Youth, and the Salvador Gallardo Dávalos National Story Prize, among others. He is the author of Todos los días atrás (Conarte, 2005), Dejaré esta calle (Tierra Adentro, 2006), Sola no puedo (ICA, 2008), Habitaciones calladas (Conarte, 2008), El cantante de muertos (Almadía, 2011), El barco maya (Ediciones B, 2012), among other titles. His work has been translated into English, French and Polish.
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, 1983. Studied Industrial Engineering at the Culiacan Institute of Technology, before completing a doctorate in History of Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has published fiction, reports and essays in various journals and magazines. His writing has appeared in the anthologies A fin de cuentos, La letra en la mirada, Renovigo y Emergencias, and Doce cuentos iberoamericanos. In 2007 he won the Inés Arredondo National Literature Prize with his book La Voluntad De Marcharse (Fondo Editorial tierra Adentro, 2008). In 2012 he was the winner of the Han Nefkens Creative Writing scholarship, which allowed him to study a Masters in Creative Writing at the Pompeu Fabra University and dedicate a year to writing his novel Anatomía de la memoria, published by Candaya in 2014.
(Mexico City, 1984) Author of the poetry book La máquina autobiográfica (2012), and of the novels Among Strange Victims (2016) and El nervio principal (2018). He wrote the prologue to, and selected works for, Doce en punto. Poesía chilena reciente (2012) and Un nuevo modo. Antología de narrativa mexicana actual (2012). He has been a National Fund for Culture and the Arts fellow (2006 and 2016) and his work has appeared in publications such as El País, Gatopardo, La Tempestad, Qué Pasa, BOMB! and The Guardian.
Ximena Sánchez Echenique (Mexico City, 1979) studied Spanish Literature at UNAM, staying there to complete a Masters in Latin American Literature. She has written for magazines such as La Experiencia Literaria and Luna Córnea. Her first novel, Sobre todas las cosas (UAEM, 2004) won the Ignacio Manuel Altamirano International Fiction Prize in 2003. She is the author of El ombligo del dragón (Tusquets, 2007) and Por cielo, mar y tierra (Tusquets, 2010).
Carlos Velázquez (Coahuila, 1978) is the author of books Cuentos la Biblia Vaquera (Sexto Piso, 2011), chosen as one of the books of the year by the Reforma newspaper and La marrana negra de la literatura rosa (Sexto Piso, 2010), referred to book of the year by various means such as Reforma, El Economista, Milenio, Chilango and Reporte índigo, and the book of chronicles El karma de vivir al norte (Sexto Piso, 2013), Fine Arts Award witness Carlos Montemayor and Rodolfo Walsh Award finalist . He has also received the National Award tale Magdalena Mondragón and the statal award of Journalism. According to Spanish newspaper El País is the new destroyer of Mexica literature. In the words of Sergio González Rodríguez his work is called to "change the reception and perception of Mexican literature".
Nadia Villafuerte (Chiapas, 1978) is a writer and journalist. In 2003, she was a FONCA Young Artists Fellow and from 2006 to 2008 a scholar at the Foundation for Mexican Literature. She is the author of the short story collections Barcos en Houston (Conaculta-Chiapas, 2005), Presidente, por favor (Edaf, 2006), and ¿Te gusta el látex, cielo? (Tierra Adentro, 2008), and the novel Por el lado salvaje (Ediciones B, 2012).