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  • Jayariyú Farías Montiel was one of the most important voices of the Wayuu community in Venezuela. Jaya, as everyone knew her, graduated with a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta, and was co-founder and director of the indigenous newspaper Wayuunaiki. This bilingual publication is printed monthly and is one of the few regular indigenous newspaper that has enjoyed stable, lasting success. The newspaper continues to be published, and it still reflects Jaya's interest in informing the Wayuu community and arijunas alike about the value and the uniqueness of the Wayuu people. Jaya passed away in 2017, but her words still echo in our ears.


  • Bernardo Fernández, known as "Bef," is a writer, comic book creator, and graphic designer. He is one of the best known authors of detective novels, science fiction, and graphic novels in Mexico. His detective novel Tiempo de alacranes [Time of scorpions] was awarded the "Una vuelta de tuerca" Prize in Mexico and the Memorial Silverio Cañadas at the Semana Negra of Gijón. His graphic novels include Perros Muertos [Dead dogs] (Editorial Caligrama, 2008), Uncle Bill (Sexto Piso, 2014), and El instante amarillo [The yellow instant] (Océano, 2017).


  • Braulio Fernández Biggs is a writer and professor at the Literature Institute of the Universidad de los Andes (Chile). He has published some fifteen academic books, including translations of Shakespeare, Lewis, and Eliot. He is the author of the short story collections Corazón de buey [Ox heart] (1993) and El ciego y los tuertos [The blind man and the one-eyed men] (2015) and the verse collection Orfeo y Euridice [Orpheus and Eurydice] (2016).



  • Luis Fernando (Mexico City) is a comic writer and artist who has been publishing since 1979. He has contributed to Mexican newspapers and journals like Unomásuno, El Financiero, El Universal, La Jornada, Milenio Diario, El Semanario, El Gallito Comics, and El Chamuco.



  • César Ferreira is a professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he teaches contemporary Latin American literature.



  • Ana María Ferreira is an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis, where she teaches and researches on Latin American literature and culture.  Ferreira graduated from Georgetown University, and she is interested in colonial and postcolonial indigenous writers.  For many years, Ferreira has collaborated with Wayuu writer Estercilia Simanca, and she dedicated two chapters of her PhD dissertation to her work.  To professor Ferreira, indigenous literature has been, from the fifteenth century to this day, not just a way to preserve indigenous traditional stories and cultures, but also a form of resistance to colonization.  She is also a regular contributor to the Colombian magazine Razón Pública.



  • César Ferreira is Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Academia Peruana de las Letras and serves on the editorial board of World Literature Today. His most recent publication is the volume Narrar lo invisible: aproximaciones al mundo literario de Sara Mesa (2020). In January 2020 he received an Honoris Causa from the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Peru.



  • Rodrigo Figueroa earned his doctorate in Hispanic Literature from the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Mexican literature. He is the author of the verse collections Una frontera transparente (2013), Poemas para orquestra y cuatro colibríes (2003), and Paganas procesiones (2001), as well as the drama La breve jornada (2008). He has published academic articles in U.S. and Mexican journals, and he has worked as an editor and collaborator with various literary and cultural journals in the U.S. and Mexico. He currently works as a lecturer at Texas Christian University.



  • Raúl Flores Iriarte (Havana, Cuba, 1977) is the author of the works: El lado oscuro de la luna (Editorial Extramuros, 2000), El hombre que vendió el mundo (Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2001), Bronceado de luna (Editorial Extramuros, 2003), Días de lluvia (Editorial Unicornio, 2004), Rayo de luz (Casa Editor Abril, 2005), Balada de Jeannette (Ediciones Loynaz, 2007), La carne luminosa de los gigantes (Casa Editora Abril, 2008) and Paperback writer (Editorial Matanzas, 2010).


  • A poet, journalist, and editor, Andrés Florit (1982) is author of Materias de libre competencia y regulación (Das Kapital, 2011), Poco me importa (Autoedición, 2009), and Juan Florit, Caudillo de los veleros. Vida, poesía y prosa (Cuarto Propio, 2006). In 2015, he founded the independent press Overol, which he manages along with Daniela Escobar and Mario Verdugo, publishing, among other titles, previously unpublished works by Enrique Lihn such as Cartas de Eros (2016) and Poetas voladores de luces (2017).



  • Christian Formoso (Punta Arenas, 1971) is a Chilean poet. He has published the verse collections 

    El odio o la ciudad invertida (1997), Memorial del padre miedo (2000), Los coros desterrados / Estaciones cercanas al sueño (2003), Puerto de hambre (2005), El cementerio más hermoso de Chile (2008), and bellezamericana (2014). Several of his poems have been translated to English and have appeared in anthologies in Chile and Latin America. Among other distinctions, he was awarded the National Council Prize for the Best Book Published in Chile for El cementerio más hermoso de Chile in 2009 and the Municipal City Prize of Punta Arenas and the Pablo Neruda Prize of the Pablo Neruda Foundation in 2010.



  • Rodrigo Fresán is the author of nine novels, including Kensington Gardens, Mantra, and The Bottom of the Sky. His works incorporate many elements from science-fiction (Philip K. Dick in particular) alongside pop culture and literary references.


  • Valenthina Fuentes Meleán (Caracas, Venezuela, 1985) is a poet. She earned a degree in Arts and is currently enrolled in the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Her verse collection Sumergida [Submerged] was awarded the 19th Edition of the Premio Nacional de Poesía Fernando Paz Castillo (Caracas, 2012). Her book Kerosén [Kerosene] was awarded first place in the Premio Bienal Internacional de Literatura Eugenio Montejo (poetry category, 2017).


  • Úrsula Fuentesberain (Celaya, Mexico, 1982) is an author and independent journalist. Fuentesberain is the author of the short story collection Esa membrana finísima (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro, 2014). Her work has been published in eleven narrative anthologies, the most recent of which are El tótem de la rana (BUAP, Puebla, 2018), Motivos de sobra para inquietarse (Libros Pimienta, Ciudad de México, 2017), and Tiempos irredentos (Nagari, Miami, 2017). She has twice been a recipient of the Young Creators Scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (Mexico). Fuentesberain has also worked as a journalist for more than thirteen years, and her work has appeared in digital and print media in Mexico, the United States, Colombia, and Peru. Fuentesberain currently teaches graduate courses at the Universidad Iberoamericana.



  • Alberto Fuguet was born in Santiago, Chile, but moved to Encino, California, at the age of three months; he stayed in the US until he was eleven. Back in Chile, he learned Spanish and eventually studied journalism. He has three books translated into English: Bad Vibes, The Movies of My Life, and Shorts. He is also the author of Missing (an investigation), a nonfiction bilingual work, and the anthology McOndo (see WLT, July 2010, 15–18). He has also directed five movies and “directed and edited” Andrés Caicedo’s posthumous autobiographical work, Mi cuerpo es una celda.


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