Bogotá39 – 2017 Authors

Hay Festival announced the Bogotá39-2017: a selection of the best fiction writers under 40 from across Latin America aiming to celebrate good literature by highlighting literary production variety and talent in the region. In order to promote their works, 14 independent publishing houses were chosen, aiming to associate quality literature with relevant and local publishing houses. The Bogotá39-2017 selection has been showcased in a new anthology of work, which has also been translated into English.

The final selection was made by an expert jury comprised of three well-known writers: Darío Jaramillo (Colombia), Leila Guerriero (Argentina) and Carmen Boullosa (Mexico), who were in charge of reading and talking about all the applicants' works in order to define the final selection. The announcement came ten years after the first Bogotá39 selection was made to mark Bogotá as World Book Capital 2007.

Find out more about the original Bogotá39 project in 2007.


Carlos Manuel Álvarez

A journalism graduate from the University of Havana. In 2013 he won the Calendario Prize for the short story collection La tarde de los sucesos definitivos (Abril, 2014; Criatura, 2015). In 2015 he won the Nuevas Plumas Ibero-American Fiction Prize. In 2016 he founded El Estornudo, an independent Cuban magazine of literary journalism. That same year, the Ochenteros programme, run by the Guadalajara International Book Fair, recognized him as one of twenty Latin American authors born in the 1980s to look out for. He has published regularly with media and publications such as The New York Times, the BBC, Gatopardo, El Malpensante and Internazionale. Sexto Piso is soon due to publish La tribu, a collection of essays on post-revolutionary Cuba. He has an unpublished novel: Los caídos.

BÁEZ, Frank - Dominican Republic

Frank Báez

(Santo Domingo, 1978) Author of the poetry collections Postales, Anoche soñé que era un DJ and Llegó el fin del mundo a mi barrio. He has published a volume of short stories, Págales tú a los psicoanalistas; three books of non-fiction, compiled as La Trilogía de los Festivales; and a compilation of essays, entitled Lo que trajo el mar. He has recently published Este es el futuro que estabas esperando. He was selected for the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá39-2017 list of authors.

BORGES POLESSO, Natalia – Brazil

Natalia Borges Polesso

She is a writer and educator. Born in southern Brazil, she studied English and Portuguese Literature, and has a Master’s in Literature, Culture and Regionalism. She took her doctorate in Literary Theory at the PUCRS, for which she wrote the thesis: Literatura e cidade: cartografias metafóricas e memória insolúvel de Porto Alegre (1897-2013), which passed with summa cum laude. She is the author of Recortes para álbum de fotografia sem gente (2013), and also won the Açorianos Literature Prize, the most important award in Rio Grande del Sur, in the short story category, in 2013. Coração a corda (2015), her second book, presents a selection of poems and short stories in poetic prose. Amora (2015), her latest book of short stories, won the AGES (Associação gaúcha de writeres) award as book of the year in 2016; the Açorianos Literature Prize in 2016; and came first in the 2016 Jabuti Prize.

CAPUTO, Giuseppe – Colombia

Giuseppe Caputo

(Barranquilla, 1982) He studied Creative Writing at the University of New York with teachers such as Diamela Eltit, Sergio Chejfec and Antonio Muñoz Molina; and at the University of Iowa with teachers including Horacio Castellanos Moya, Marilynne Robinson and Luis Muñoz. In Iowa he also specialized in Queer and Gender Studies. Un mundo huérfano (2016) is his first novel. Included on the Hay Festival’s Bogota 39-2017 list of the 39 best Latin American fiction writers under 40. He was Cultural Manager of the Bogota International Book Fair, FILBo, between 2015 and 2018. He currently works on the Creative Writing Master’s Programme at the Caro y Cuervo Institute in Bogota.

CÁRDENAS, Juan – Colombia

Juan Cárdenas

He is the author of the novels Zumbido (451 Editores, 2010/ Periférica, 2017), Los estratos (Periférica, 2013), Ornamento (Periférica, 2015), Tú y yo, una novelita rusa (Cajón de sastre, 2016) and El diablo de las provincias (Periférica, 2017). He has published the short story collections Carreras delictivas (451 Editores, 2008). His novel Los estratos won the 6th Otras Voces Otros Ámbitos Prize in 2014. Zumbido and Ornamento have been translated into French (Moisson Rouge, 2012) and Italian (Sur Edizioni, upcoming), respectively. He is currently one of the coordinators of the Master’s in Creative Writing at the Caro y Cuervo Institute, where he works as an educator and researcher. He lived in Spain between 1998 and 2014 and currently resides in Bogotá. He works regularly as an art curator and critic.

CÁRDENAS, Mauro Javier – Ecuador

Mauro Javier Cárdenas

Mauro Javier Cárdenas was born and brought up in Guayaquil, Ecuador and studied Economics at the University of Stanford. He is the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press, Sept 2016; Literatura Random House, 2018). His work has appeared in Conjunctions, The Antioch Review, Guernica, Witness, ZYZZYVA and BOMB. He won the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Prize.

CARO, María José – Peru

María José Caro

(Lima, 1985) A graduate in Social Communication from the University of Lima with a Master’s in Communication Studies from Madrid’s Complutense University. She has published the book of short stories La primaria (2012) and contributed to literary magazines such as Buensalvaje and Vicio absurdo. Her work features in the Palo y Astilla: Padre e hijos en el cuento peruano (2009) anthology and she appeared at the first Lima Imaginada literary event in 2015. She has recently published her last book, Black-Eyed Dog.

CASTAGNET, Martín Felipe – Argentina

Martín Felipe Castagnet

Martín Felipe Castagnet was born in La Plata (Argentina) in May 1986. This translator and humanities doctorate is the Associate Editor of the bilingual magazine The Buenos Aires Review and is a member of the editorial committee of Alkmene magazine on literature and translation, under the auspices of the Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.

His novel Los cuerpos del verano (Factotum, 2012) was unanimous winner of the 2012 Latin American Young Writers’ Award organized by the Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire, and by La Marelle, Villa des projets d’auteurs, Marseilles, France. It has been translated into French (MEET, 2012) and into English as Bodies of Summer (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017). His second novel, Los mantras modernos, was published in April this year by Sigilo.

He has published various stories in a range of media. He has participated as a resident author at the Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs in Saint-Nazaire (November and December 2012); La Marelle, Villa des projets d’auteurs in Marseilles (January and February 2013); the Reflection and Exchange Residency as part of the Buenos Aires International Literature Festival (from 27 September to 2 October 2016); and on the Excellence Fellowship as part of the Special Programme for Foreigners run by the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), with the support of the Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl, under the writer Alberto Chimal (from November 2016 to January 2017).

COLANZI, Liliana – Bolivia

Liliana Colanzi

She has published the short story collections Vacaciones permanentes (2010), La ola (2014) and Nuestro mundo muerto (2016). Nuestro mundo muerto is currently being translated into English, French and Italian. She co-edited the non-fiction anthology Conductas erráticas (2009) and edited the bilingual anthology Mesías/Messiah (2013). She won the Mexican Aura Estrada literary prize in 2015 and has contributed to publications such as Granta, Letras Libres, El País, The White Review and El Deber. She lives in Ithaca, New York State, and lectures in Latin American Literature at Cornell University.

CONSTAÍN, Juan Esteban - Colombia

Juan Esteban Constaín

Born in 1979 in Popayán, Colombia, in 2004 he published his first book, Los mártires, a collection of fictional works about writers. In 2007 he published El naufragio del Imperio, and in 2010 ¡Calcio!, which won him the Espartaco Historical Novel Prize at Gijon’s Semana Negra. In May 2014, El hombre que no fue Jueves was released, and subsequently it won the Biblioteca Prize for Colombian Fiction. He writes for El Tiempo newspaper and has three daughters.

COPACABANA, Lola – Argentina

Lola Copacabana

A writer and translator (English/Rio Plata Spanish), she co-manages the Momofuku publishing company ( A Psychology graduate, she will begin a Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa this year.

In 2006 she published Buena leche - Diarios de una joven (no tan) formal (Editorial Sudamericana), a first volume of memoir that includes stories written by the author between the ages of nineteen and twenty-three. In 2013 she edited and translated, together with Hernán Vanoli, Alt lit - literatura norteamericana actual (Interzona) which is a selection of young US writers. Author of the novel Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Momofuku, 2015), in 2015 she translated a book of short stories by the young US writer Paula Bomer: Bebé y otros cuentos (Momofuku).

Stories by her have appeared in Argentinean and other anthologies. One example is her story Hasta que se enfríen un poco las cosas, in Uno más ocho (Reservoir Books, Barcelona, 2016).

ELTESCH, Gonzalo – Chile

Gonzalo Eltesch

Gonzalo Eltesch has a degree in Literature and another in Publishing from the Diego Portales University. He has worked as an editor at Penguin Random House since 2008, where he currently holds the position of Literary Manager. His work has been recognized on various occasions, and he was shortlisted for the 2016 Municipal Literature Prize for Colección particular (Libros del Laurel), his first novel, published in September 2015.

ERLAN, Diego – Argentina

Diego Erlan

Diego Erlan was born in San Miguel de Tucumán in 1979. Since the 1990s he has lived in Buenos Aires, where he studied Social Communication and Art History. For 14 years he wrote about art, literature and film for Clarín, where he also held the position of editor in the Literature and Books section of Ñ magazine. He has also worked as a university lecturer, television screenwriter and cultural critic for media in Argentina and further afield. In 2009 he coordinated the Manifiesto cycle of aesthetic discussion while he was completing El amor nos destrozará (Tusquets, 2012), his first novel. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award for his report La larga risa de todos estos años. In 2016 he published his second novel, La disolución (Tusquets). That year he received a National Arts Fund fellowship to write the biography of the Argentinean writer Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, a project that he has been working on for the last five years.

FERREIRA, Daniel – Colombia

Daniel Ferreira

Daniel Ferreira (Colombia, 21 July 1981) is a writer and blogger. He is the author of La balada de los bandoleros baladíes (2010 Sergio Galindo Latin American Novel Prize) and Viaje al interior de una gota de sangre (2011 Alba Latin American Fiction Prize). With Rebelión de los oficios inútiles he won the Clarín Novel Prize in Argentina. These three volumes belong to his Colombia Pentalogy.

FONSECA, Carlos – Costa Rica

Carlos Fonseca

Carlos Fonseca is a Costa Rican-Puerto Rican writer, born in 1987. He is the author of the novels Coronel Lágrimas (Anagrama 2015), published recently in English by Restless Books with the same title, and Museo Animal (Anagrama 2017). He was chosen during the last Guadalajara Book Fair as part of the Ochenteros programme, which is a selection of twenty promising writers born during the 1980s. He has contributed to publications such as The Guardian, Letras Libres, BOMB Magazine, Quimera and Otra Parte. His stories have been included in anthologies such as Estados Hispanos de América (Sudaquia 2016) and Organismos (Sed, 2017), and have been translated into English, French and German. He currently lives in London and lectures in Latin American Literature at Cambridge University.

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Damian Gonzalez Bertolino

Author of the volume of short stories, El increíble Springer, which won the 16th Narradores de la Banda Oriental Fiction Prize, and which was published by Ediciones de la Banda Oriental (Montevideo, 2009); this book was later republished by Estuario Editora (Montevideo, 2014) and Editorial Entropía (Buenos Aires, 2015). He has also published the novels El fondo (Estuario, Montevideo, 2013) and Los trabajos del amor (Estuario, Montevideo, 2015). In 2016 he was included in the Guadalajara International Book Fair’s Ochenteros list of twenty new voices in Latin American fiction to look out for. He lives in Punta del Este, where he teaches Literature at the secondary school level. His novel Herodes will be published soon.

GUTIÉRREZ NEGRÓN, Sergio – Puerto Rico

Sergio Gutierrez Negron

A novelist, columnist and translator. He is the author of the novels Palacio (Libros AC, San Juan), which was shortlisted for a PEN Club award in the year of its publication (2011); and Dicen que los dormidos (ICP, San Juan). This second novel won the Puerto Rico Cultural Institute’s National Novel Prize and was later published by the institution in 2014. In 2015, it was given the New Voices Prize for promising Puerto Rican authors at the Festival de la Palabra. That year, the writer was included in the Latinoamérica Viva selection of Latin American novelists chosen by the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In 2016, the New York magazine Brooklyn Rail published a translation of one of his stories as part of a selection of three authors representing recent Puerto Rican literature. He contributes to El Nuevo Día with the monthly column, Buscapié. His stories and essays have appeared in various magazines and anthologies in Puerto Rico and further afield. His lastest novel is Los días hábiles, which has been recently published.

JAUREGUI, Gabriela – Mexico

Gabriela Jauregui

The Mexican poet Gabriela Jauregui is the author of La memoria de las cosas (Sexto Piso, 2015), Leash Seeks Lost Bitch (2015), Controlled Decay (2008), co-author of Taller de taquimecanografía (2011) and co-founder and editor of the publishing collective SUR+. Her latest published book is ManyFiestas (Gato Negro, 2017).

JUFRESA, Laia – Mexico

Laia Jufresa

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.

LIBERTELLA, Mauro – Argentina

Mauro Libertella

This writer has four published books to his name: Mi libro enterrado (Mansalva, 2013), a novel about the death of his father and their relationship. It has been published in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and Peru and has been translated into Italian. El invierno con mi generación (Random House, 2015), a novel about a group of friends –aged between 16 to 23– in Buenos Aires at the turn of the 21st century. El estilo de los otros (University Diego Portales, 2015), a book of conversations with 18 contemporary Latin American fiction writers. Un reino demasiado breve (Random House, 2017), a novel about the evolution of the love of a man after experiencing three different relationships. Together with Mi libro enterrado y El invierno con mi generación, this last novel can be read as the continiuum of a trilogy.

LOZANO, Brenda – Mexico

Brenda Lozano

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.

LUISELLI, Valeria – Mexico

Valeria Luiselli

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.

MILLS, Alan – Guatemala

Alan Mills

His poetry has been included in prestigious Spanish-language anthologies during the last ten years (Cuerpo Plural, Puertas abiertas, and others) and has been translated into German, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Czech. His more recent work has been creative non-fiction and fiction. His micro-novel Síncopes was published in Mexico and Peru (2007) and later published in French by the Rouge Inside company (2010). His most recent book is a literary non-fiction work in English about the hacker culture and ancestral strategies of resistance. It is called Hacking Coyote, and was published first as an ebook (mikrotext, 2016) and later as a printed book in Germany (mikrotext, 2017). He has lived in Guatemala City, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. He has been a DAAD fellow and currently lives in Berlin, working on a doctoral thesis about indigenista science fiction.

MONGE, Emiliano – Mexico

Emiliano Monge

(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.

OJEDA, Mónica – Ecuador

Mónica Ojeda

(Ecuador, 1988) She is the author of the novels La desfiguración Silva (Alba Fiction Prize, 2014), Nefando (Candaya, 2016) and Mandíbula (Candaya, 2018), as well as the poetry collection El ciclo de las piedras (Rastro de la Iguana, 2015). Her stories have been published in the anthology Emergencias. Doce cuentos iberoamericanos (Candaya, 2015) and in Caninas (Editorial Turbina, 2017). She was selected as one of the most important literary voices in Latin America for the Hay Festival’s Bogotá39 2017.

PLAZA, Eduardo – Chile

Eduardo Plaza

(La Serena, 1982) is a Chilean writer and journalist, author of the story collection Hienas (2016, Librosdementira). He was shortlisted for the Paula short story competition (2014) and the Gabriela Mistral Literary Games, organized by the Municipality of Santiago (2015).

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RABASA, Eduardo – Mexico

Eduardo Rabasa

(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).

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RESTREPO POMBO, Felipe – Colombia

Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Bogotá, 1978) is a Colombian journalist, editor, and author. In 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under forty, organized by the Hay Festival every decade. He is the author of the novel The Art of Vanishing; two collections of journalistic profiles; and a biography of the painter Francis Bacon. His work has been translated into English, French, and Dutch. In 2013 he was a guest editor for Paris Match magazine. He is the editor behind the books The Sorrows of Mexico and Crónica: The Best Narrative Journalism in Latin America. In 2018 he was chosen by the British Council as the Writer in Residence in The Hay Festival in Wales. He teaches narrative journalism throughout the United States and Latin America. Currently he is the editor-in-chief of Gatopardo magazine and a columnist at El País.

ROBLES, Juan Manuel – Peru

Juan Manuel Robles

(Lima, 1978) He has a Master’s in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University (NYU). He has published the non-fiction work Lima freak. Vidas insólitas en una ciudad perturbada (Planeta, 2007) and the novel Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría (Seix Barral, 2015), which was released in Peru and Colombia, and later published in Spain; Nuevos juguetes de la guerra fría was ranked by the newspaper Perú.21 as the best novel of 2015 and was chosen by Spain’s El País as one of “23 books for understanding the Americas”. The author’s reports have appeared in anthologies such as Crónicas de otro planeta (Debate, 2009), Antología de Crónica Latinoamericana (Alfaguara, 2012), Las mejores crónicas de Gatopardo (Debate, 2006) and in the magazines Etiqueta Negra, Gatopardo, Internazionale (Italy) and Courrier International (France). He has published short stories in books such as Huancaína freak y otros cuentos para comer (Matalamanga, 2007) and El cuento peruano 2001-2010 (Petroperú, 2013); and in the magazines Letras Libres, Buen Salvaje and Vice (Antología 2016). In 2008, he was one of the five writers shortlisted for the Cemex-FNPI Prize for the essay Cromwell, el cajero generoso. In 2017, he published a book of short stories and returned to non-fiction with Un mundo lleno de futuro, a book of literary non-fiction edited by Leila Guerriero. He is preparing a new novel.

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ROMERO, Cristian – Colombia

Cristian Romero

He studied Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication at the University of Antioquia. In 2015 he received an Artistic and Cultural Creation For Life fellowship from the city of Medellin, in the short story – new writer category. The book he wrote with the fellowship, Ahora solo queda la ciudad (Hilo de plata Editores), was published in 2016. The short story El niño sin brazo belongs to this book. That same year he was shortlisted for the La cueva de Barranquilla Short Story Competition and obtained second place in the Short Stories for Long Waits Competition run by the Pereira Literature Festival. He has published stories in the University of Antioquia magazine.

RONCONE, Juan Pablo – Chile

Juan Pablo Roncone

Born in Arica, Chile 1982, and aged nineteen he moved to Santiago. In 2007 he won the Roberto Bolaño Award for Literary Creation with an unpublished novel. In 2011 he published the short story collection Hermano ciervo (Editorial Los Libros Que Leo, 2011; Fiordo Editorial, 2012; Marbot Ediciones, 2012; Sudaquia Editores, 2013; and Laurel Editores, 2014 and 2016), which won the Santiago Municipal Literature Prize. Some of the stories from this book have been translated into English and have appeared in magazines such as New York’s Tweed's, Berlin’s Sand, and the Tel Aviv The Short Story Project, as well as in the Traviesa anthology Childless Parents.

SALDAÑA PARÍS, Daniel – Mexico

Daniel Saldaña Paris

(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.

SCHEWBLIN, Samanta – Argentina

Samanta Schweblin

Born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, she studied Film, specializing in screenplay writing. Her short story collections El núcleo del disturbio, Pájaros en la boca and Siete casas vacías have won the Casa de las Américas, Juan Rulfo and Ribera del Duero Short Fiction prizes. Fever Dream, her first novel, won the Tigre Juan and Estado Crítico prizes and has been nominated for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Samanta Schweblin’s writings have been translated into more than twenty languages and she has been a fellow of several institutions. She has lived in Mexico, Italy and China and has been living in Berlin for the last four years, where she writes and gives literary workshops.

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SOTO, Jesús Miguel – Venezuela

Jesús Miguel Soto

(Caracas, 1981). He studied Social Communication and Arts at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has worked as a university lecturer, proofreader and editor. As a fiction writer he has written the short story collection Perdidos en Frog and the novels La máscara de cuero and El caso Boeuf (Relato a la manera de Cambridge). Awards include winning the 64th El Nacional Annual Short Story Competition (Venezuela); first prize in the 7th SACVEN National Story Competition and the 23rd Juana Santacruz Literary Event (Mexico). Some of his stories have been published in anthologies such as Joven narrativa venezolana II, De qué va el cuento (Antología del relato venezolano 2000-2012) and Crude Words. Contemporary writing from Venezuela. Recently he has been selected as one of the 39 best Latin American fiction writers under 40 years of age in the Bogota39 event. Since 2014 he has been living in Mexico.

SOUSA, Luciana – Argentina

Luciana Sousa

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1986. She studied Journalism and Arts and took a number of fiction courses with writers such as Alberto Laiseca, Vicente Battista, Juan Terranova and Juan Diego Incardona. She has worked with media such as Radio Gráfica, Agencia Paco Urondo and Hecho en Buenos Aires, supporting self-managed popular communication projects. She currently works in the newspaper industry. Luro, published in December 2016 by Editorial Funesiana, is her first novel.

TORRES, Mariana – Brazil

Mariana Torres

Born in Angra dos Reis (Brazil) in 1981, and was brought up there, although she spent much time in Argentina. She currently lives in Madrid. She has a degree in Screenwriting from ECAM and has been teaching Creative Writing since 2005. She is a partner and founder of the Escuela de Escritores. Her first short story collection, El cuerpo secreto, was published in Páginas de Espuma in 2015. She has written two feature films: Mudanzas and El refugio. She has also co-written the short film A cara o cruz (2008) and directed the short Rascacielos. She is part of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP). She has published stores in a number of anthologies, including Segunda parábola de los talentos (Gens Ediciones, 2011). Her work will be included in the next volume of UNAM’s Sólo cuento.

TRUJILLO, Valentín – Uruguay

Valentín Trujillo

Born in Maldonado, Uruguay, in June 1979. He has two children and lives in in Montevideo. He studied Film at Cinemateca Uruguaya and qualified as a teacher of Language and Literature in Maldonado. He worked as an educator between 2001 and 2006. He co-edited the literary magazines MAT and Iscariote, in Maldonado and studied Journalism at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. From 2005 to 2015 he worked as a journalist at the El Observador newspaper in Montevideo. In 2016 he received the Medal of Honour awarded by Uruguay’s Cámara del Libro for his contributions to journalistic literary criticism. He has also contributed articles to magazines such as Quiroga (Uruguay).

In 2007 he published the book of short stories Jaula de costillas which won him the National Fiction Prize, and in 2013 he published Nacional 88 together with his wife, the journalist Elena Risso. In 2016 he won the Onetti Prize in the Fiction category for his novel ¡Cómanse la ropa!, due to be published in 2017. Also in 2016 one of his stories was included in the anthology 13 que cuentan, published by Banda Oriental. He has edited, with Ediciones B, the biography of the Uruguayan intellectual Carlos Real de Azúa.

ULLOA DONOSO, Claudia – Peru

Claudia Ulloa Donoso

Graduated in Sociology and Linguistics. She currently lives in northern Norway and works as a language teacher. In 1996 she came first in her category in the Terminemos short story competition organized by the Unión Latina, the Spanish Consulate in Lima and El Comercio newspaper. In 1998 she came first in the El cuento de las 1000 palabras competition and in 2003 third in El cuento de las 2000 palabras, both organized by the magazine Caretas (Lima). In 2016 she was selected as writer-in-residence at Villa Sarkia, a residence for translators and writers in Finland. Her stories have appeared in a number of Peruvian, Mexican and Spanish electronic and printed magazines as well as in anthologies such as Antología de la Novísima Narrativa Breve Hispanoamericana 2006, organized and published by the Unión Latina, Nuevo Cuento Latinoamericano. Antología, published in Madrid by Julio Ortega, Les bonnes nouvelles de l'Amérique latine. Anthologie de la nouvelle latino-américaine contemporaine, published by Gallimard, and others.

ZUÑIGA, Diego – Chile

Diego Zuñiga

He studied Journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Católica. He has published the novels Camanchaca (La Calabaza del Diablo, 2009; Literatura Random House, 2012) and Racimo (Literatura Random House, 2014), as well as the book about football Soy de Católica (Lolita Editores, 2014) and the short story collection Niños héroes (Literatura Random House, 2016). He has won various awards, including the 2008 Roberto Bolaño Prize for Young Writers (Novel category); a National Council for Culture and the Arts Fellowship for Literary Writing in 2008 and 2013; the 2009 Gabriela Mistral Literary Games Prize for Camanchaca; and a 2013 National Council for Culture and the Arts Prize for Best Literary Works, in the Unpublished Novel category, for Racimo. Furthermore, for his journalism, he has received the 2012 MAGs National Magazine Prize (Culture category) and the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Prize (Culture category), from the Alberto Hurtado University. In 2016 he was the writer-in-residence at the Arts Faculty of the Pontificia Universidad Católica.