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  • Photo: Steven Rodríguez

    David Caleb Acevedo (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1980). His published works are: Bestiario en nomenclatura binomial, Empírea: Saga de la Nueva Ciudad, Terrarium, and Hustler Rave XXX: Poetry of the Eternal Survivor (poetry books, the latter with Charlie Vázquez); Las formas del diablo, Cielos negros, and ðēsôngbərd (short story books); el Oneronauta and Historias para pasar el fin del mundo (novels), Diario de una puta humilde (memoir), and the anthologies Los otros cuerpos: antología de temática gay, lésbica y queer desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora (with Luis Negrón and Moisés Agosto-Rosario) and Felina: antología para gatos (with Cindy Jiménez-Vera). 

  • Photo: Paula Vásquez

    Santiago Acosta is an American-born Venezuelan poet living in New York City, where he is a PhD candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. In 2018 his poetry manuscript El próximo desierto [The next desert] won the José Emilio Pacheco Literature Prize, awarded by the Guadalajara International Book Fair and University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He has published Mañana vendrán las piedras [Tomorrow the stones will come], a photobook made in collaboration with photographer Efraín Vivas (Archivo de Fotografía Urbana, 2019); Cuaderno de otra parte [Notebook from somewhere else] (Libros del Fuego, 2018); and Detrás de los erizos [Behind the sea urchins], winner of the contest for previously unpublished authors organized by Monte Ávila Editores (2007). In San Francisco he co-directed the journal Canto: A Bilingual Review of Latin American Civilization, Culture, and Literature. He was a founder and editor of the poetry magazine El Salmón, which won Venezuela’s National Book Award in 2010. 

  • Juan Afanador (Bogotá, Colombia, 1992) studied Anthropology with an emphasis on Creative Writing at the Universidad de los Andes. Some of his poems have been published in REC (the magazine of the students of Arts and Humanities of the Universidad de los Andes), Cabeza de gato, La raíz invertida, and Literariedad, as well as in Conexos magazine. He is founder, director, and member of the editorial board of the virtual poetry magazine Otro páramo.

  • Raúl Aguiar (Havana, 1962) is a Cuban writer, essayist, professor, and researcher. He is a member of the UNEAC and the Asociación Hermanos Saíz. His books include the novel La hora fantasma de cada cual [Each one's ghost hour] (Premio David 1989), the novelette Mata (Premio Pinos Nuevos 1994), the short story collection Daleth (Premio Luis Rogelio Nogueras 1993), the research project Realidad virtual y cultura ciberpunk [Virtual reality and cyberpunk culture] (Premio Abril 1994), and the novel La estrella bocarriba [The face-up star] (Editorial Letras Cubanas 2001). He has also published short stories in several Cuban and international anthologies, including Los últimos serán los primeros, Recurso extremo, Contactos, Fábula de Ángeles, El ánfora del diablo, Anuario de la UNEAC 1994, El cuerpo inmortal (Cuban erotic fiction), Toda esa gente solitaria (Cuban stories about AIDS), and Aire de Luz among others, as well as in the journals Muchacha, La Gaceta de Cuba, Letras Cubanas, Juventud Técnica, Exégesis (Puerto Rico), and Camión de ruta (Peru), among others. He writes in a language full of mythic and poetic codes, establishing a very special congruence with cyberpunk culture.

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    César Aira was born in Coronel Pringles, Argentina in 1949, and has lived in Buenos Aires since 1967. He taught at the University of Buenos Aires (about Copi and Rimbaud) and at the University of Rosario (Constructivism and Mallarmé), and has translated and edited books from France, England, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela. Perhaps one of the most prolific writers in Argentina, and certainly one of the most talked about in Latin America, Aira has published more than eighty books to date in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and Spain, which have been translated for France, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Romania, Russia, and now the United States. One novel, La prueba [The proof], has been made into a feature film, and How I Became a Nun was chosen as one of Argentina’s ten best books. Besides essays and novels, Aira writes regularly for the Spanish newspaper El País. In 1996 he received a Guggenheim scholarship, in 2002 he was short listed for the Rómulo Gallegos prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

  • Argentine writer César Aira is the author of over a hundred short stories, novels and essays. He has proclaimed himself as an avant-garde writer who engages in the “flight forward” type of writing. This self-developed style has given him the ability to innovate without conforming to generic expectations.

  • Humberto Ak’abal with translator Paul M. Worley

    Humberto Ak’abal (1952-2019, Momostenango, Guatemala) is perhaps the best known Maya K’iche’ poet in Guatemala and beyond. Renowned for his innovative use of poetic devices such as onomatopoeia and for his energetic public performances, until the end of his life he was loyal to his community and to Indigenous movements throughout Abya Yala.

  • Diego Alfaro (Limache, 1984) is a Chilean poet, translator, and editor. He has published the verse collections Piano de juguete (2008), Paseantes (2009), and Tordo (2015). His translations of English-language poets, including Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin, have appeared in several journals and websites. He also edited the books Antología de la poesía de Cecilia Casanova (Universidad de Valparaíso, 2013) and Homenaje a Ezra Pound desde Chile (Editorial Universitaria, Santiago, 2010). In 2015, his book Tordo was awarded the Municipal Literature Prize of Santiago.

  • Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Álvarez is the author of three books: the short-story collection La tarde de los sucesos definitivos (2014); the collection of chronicles La tribu: retratos de Cuba (2017); and, most recently, the novel Los caídos (forthcoming in English translation by Frank Wynne for Fitzcarraldo Editions). His articles and chronicles have appeared in The New York TimesEl MalpensanteLetras LibresGatopardoLa NaciónClarínHuffington Post MéxicoGQ, and Vice. In 2017 he was named to the Bogotá39, a list of the Latin America’s 39 most promising writers under 40. He is cofounder of the online magazine El Estornudo

  • María Fernanda Ampuero was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1976 and studied literature. She collaborates with various international media outlets and to date has published two books of chronicles, Lo que aprendí en la peluquería and Permiso de residencia. In 2016 she won the Cosecha Eñe short story prize. Pelea de Gallos is her first collection of stories.

  • María Fernanda Ampuero was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1976 and studied literature. She collaborates with various international media outlets and to date has published two books of chronicles, Lo que aprendí en la peluquería [What I learned in the hair salon] and Permiso de residencia [Residency permit]. In 2016 she won the Cosecha Eñe short story prize. Pelea de Gallos [Cockfight] is her first collection of stories.

  • Fernando Ampuero, Peruvian author of short stories and novels, poet, journalist, and playwright, was born in Lima in 1949. His literary work includes the novels Caramelo verde [Green candy] (1992), Puta linda [Pretty whore] (2006),  Hasta que me orinen los perros [Until the dogs piss on me] (2008), and Loreto (2014), which make up his Cuarteto de Lima [Lima quartet] (2019), and the novles El peruano imperfecto [The imperfect Peruvian ] (2011) and Sucedió entre dos párpados [It happened between two eyelids] (2015), as well as the short story collections Paren el mundo que acá me bajo [Stop the world, I'm getting off here] (1972), Deliremos juntos [Let's rave together] (1975), Malos modales [Bad manners] (1994), Bicho raro [Weirdo] (1996), Mujeres difíciles, hombres benditos [Difficult women, blessed men] (2005), Cuentos [Stories] (2013), Íntimos y salvajes [Intimate and savage] (2017), Lobos solitarios y otros cuentos [Lone wolves and other stories] (2018), Mientras arden los sueños [While the dreams burn] (2019), and Jamás en la vida [Never in my life] (2019). Other works of his include: Antología personal [Personal anthology] (2012), the books of notes and essays Gato encerrado [Locked-in cat] (1987), Viaje de ida [One-way trip] (2012) and Tambores invisibles [Invisible drums] (2015), the novelized chronicles that make up his memoirs, El enano, historia de una enemistad  [The dwarf, history of an emnity] (2001) and La Bruja de Lima [The witch of Lima] (2018),  the stage plays Arresto domiciliario, comedia feroz [House arrest, a fierce comedy] (2003) and Un fraude epistolar, tragicomedia [An epistolary fraud, a tragicomedy] (2014), and the verse collections Voces de luna llena [Voices of the full moon] (1998) and 40 poemas [40 poems] (2010), a compilation of his poems. Fernando Ampuero's work has been translated to many languages, and he was awarded the 2018 Premio FIL Lima de Literatura.

  • Liliana Ancalao (b. 1961) is a member of the Mapuche-Tehuelche Nankulaven community in the Patagonian province of Chubut in southern Argentina. She is a leading Mapuche poet, and her academic investigations of Mapuche culture and indigenous musics are similarly acclaimed.

  • Susana L. M. Antunes holds a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is Assistant Professor of Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is the Portuguese Program Coordinator and teaches Language, Literature, and Culture of the Lusophone world. Her research interests include travel poetry, Macaronesia island Literature, Ecocriticism, and short fiction by women authors from the Lusophone world. 

  • Marta Aponte Alsina (Puerto Rico, 1945) is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, and literary critic. She has published the novels Angélica furiosa (1994), El cuarto rey mago (1996), Vampiresas (2004), Sexto sueño (2007), El fantasma de las cosas (2010), Sobre mi cadáver (2012), Mr. Green (2013), and La muerte feliz de William Carlos Williams (2015, 2017), as well as short story collections and essays. She also runs a blog,, and a Facebook page. She was a finalist for the Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in 1997 at the Guadalajara International Book Fair for El cuarto rey mago, and she received the Premio del Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña in 2000 for La casa de la loca y otros relatos and the Premio Nacional de Novela 2008 from the Puerto Rico PEN Club for Sexto sueño. She is currently working on her next novel.

  • Miguelángel López (Vito Apüshana) (La Guajira, Colombia, 1965) is a poet, professor at the University of La Guajira, and television producer. His poetic work includes Contrabandeo sueños con arijunas cercanos (1993) and Encuentros en los senderos de Abya Yala, which won the Casa de las Américas prize. He is a native of Carraipía, a town near Maicao, La Guajira. Along with his activity as a poet, Vito Apüshana has served as a cultural manager and human rights activist throughout the Guajira region. He is an active member of the Coordinating Committee of the Junta Mayor de Palabreros Wayuú.

  • Juan Arabia (born June 18, 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, where prepared and published a thesis on John Fante and Italian-American working class culture. He is currently the director of the press and journal Buenos Aires Poetry, which has published works by writers including John Ashbery, Dan Fante, Robert Darnton, Mark Ford, and Alan Jenkins, among others. He also collaborates with various other publications, including the journal of the University of La Rioja, Department of Modern Philologies (Spain), the La Torre del Virrey journal of Cultural Studies (Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Valencia), the cultural supplement of Diario Perfil (Argentina), and as Argentine correspondent of POESIA (Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela).

    His published books include John Fante: Entre la niebla y el polvo (El fin de la noche: Buenos Aires, 2011); PosData a la Generación Beat (Buenos Aires Poetry: Buenos Aires, 2014); El Enemigo de los Thirties (Buenos Aires Poetry: Buenos Aires, 2015); John Fante: Camino de los sueños diurnos (Buenos Aires Poetry: Buenos Aires, 2016); El Enemigo de los Thirties (Ril Valley: Chile, Los Leones, 2017); Il Nemico dei Thirties (Samuele Editore, 2017); and collana Scilla (Fana, Italia). His translations include Nuevos Versos y Canciones (Arthur Rimbaud, 2014); Un-gin-meando… (Dan Fante, 2015); and Lustra (Ezra Pound, 2016), among others

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    Born in Guantánamo, Cuba, in May of 1946, in the heart of a family that had suffered two exiles, nine months of dictatorship under Bautista and, as the bolero goes, an entire lifetime of dictatorship under Castro, Octavio Armand has known the snow dreamed of by Casal as well as the entropic tropic where, according to Albemarle, everything rots. He lived for years in New York–there founding and directing the journal escandalar–and now he resides in Caracas. In Mexico, Calygramma has compiled his essays and poetry: Contra la página (2015) and Canto rodado (2017). In Bokeh, various books of his have been republished. Efory Atocha of Madrid and El Estilete of Caracas have embraced the matter of Cuba in El ocho cubano (2012) and Escribir es cubrir (2017). Refractions, a selection of paired poems and essays translated by Carol Maier, was published by Lumen Books in New York in 1994. Two Argentine friends, who he regrets never having met, commented on his work: Juan Antonio Vasco in Conversación con la esfinge and Luis Justo in Octavio Armand y el espejo o América como ucroníaOctavio Armand contra sí mismo, by Venezuelan writer Johan Gotera, was published by Efory Atocha.

  • Rodrigo Arriagada-Zubieta (Viña del Mar, Chile, 1982) is a Chilean poet, literary critic, and academic. He has undertaken courses in humanities, world literature, literary theory, and comparative literature at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), the Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), and the Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). He participates as a regular critic in the journal and press Buenos Aires Poetry (Argentina), which published his first verse collection, Extrañeza, in 2017. As an academic, he has taught several courses in Chilean universities, addressing the fundamental themes of modern literature: literary theory, Russian literature, avant-garde literature, U.S. literature, and contemporary European literature.

  • Rodrigo Arroyo (Curicó, 1981) is a Chilean poet, visual artist, and editor. He has published the verse collections Chilean Poetry (2008), Vuelo (2009), Mausoleo (2012), and Incomunicaciones (2013). As a visual artist, he has presented the individual exhibition Untitled (Espacio G, Valparaíso). He has participated in collective exhibitions at the Centro de Extensión of the Universidad de Talca (Estamos lejos de la apariencia engañosa, del efecto (carnaciones y vacío)); at the Centro de Extensión of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Santiago (De Otro Lugar); and at Laboratorios Químicos Aduanas –Valparaíso– (Nuevo Medio: Crisis Acción). He is the co-founder and director of Ediciones Inubicalistas in Valparaíso.

  • Caridad Atencio (b. 1963, Havana) is a poet, essayist, and critic. Among her poetry collections are Los poemas desnudos (1995), Los viles aislamientos (1996), Umbrías (1999), Los cursos imantados (2000), and El libro de los sentidos (2010).

  • Aurelio Auseré Abarca specializes in transatlantic narrative, with a focus on Latin American writers living in Spain during the 20th and 21st centuries. His other interests include narratives of migration, travel, noir and identity.


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