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  • Sergio Ramírez (Masatepe, Nicaragua, 1942) is part of the generation of writers that emerged after the Latin American Boom, and after a long, voluntary exile in Costa Rica and Germany, he set his literary career aside for a time to participate in the Sandinista Revolution. This movement overthrew the dictatorship of the Somoza dynasty; he then returned to writing with the novel Divine Punishment (1988, Dashiell Hammett Prize). Un baile de máscaras [A dance of masks] won the Laure Bataillon Prize for best foreign novel translated in France in 1998. His other works include Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea (1998), Mentiras verdaderas [True lies] (2001), the short story collections Catalina y Catalina (2001), El reino animal [The animal kingdom] (2007), and Flores oscuras [Dark flowers] (2013), as well as teh novels Sombras nada más [No more shadows] (2002), Mil y una muertes [One thousand one deaths] (2005), El cielo llora por mí [The sky cries for me] (2008), and La fugitiva [The fugitive] (2011), winner of the Bleu Metropole Prize in Montreal, Canada. He has also published his memoirs of the revolution, Adiós muchachos (1999), and a book of chronicles on writers and writing, Juan de Juanes (2014). He has been distinguished with many awards, including the José Donoso Prize for Spanish American Letters for the entirety of his literary work (Chile, 2011) and the International Carlos Fuentes Prize for Literary Creation in Spanish Language (Mexico, 2014). His books have been translated to more than fifteen languages.

  • Elkin Restrepo is a Colombian poet, fiction writer, and editor. He was founder and codirector of the journals Acuarimántima, Poesía, Deshora, and Odradek, el cuento. He is the director of the Revista Universidad de Antioquia. His verse collections include Retrato de  Artistas (1983), Absorto escuchando el cercano canto de Sirenas (1985), La visita que no pasó del jardín (2002), Objetos figurados en un paisaje a solas (Poemas y dibujos) (2009), Como en tierra salvaje, un vaso griego (2012), Poemas griegos (Selección bilingüe español y griego por Rigas Kappatos) (Athens, 2014), and Una verdad me sea dada en lo que escribo (Antología, Seville, Spain, 2014). His fiction works include Del amor, lo pasajero (2007), La bondad de las almas muertas (2009), La orfandad de Telémaco (2011), A un día del amor (2012), and Cuentos (Selección) (2016).

  • Felipe Restrepo Pombo is a Colombian journalist, editor and author. In 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under 40 organized by the Hay Festival every decade. He studied Literature and started his career as a journalist at the news magazine Cambio, under the direction of Gabriel García Márquez. He is the author of the novel Formas de evasión (Seix Barral, 2016); the biography Francis Bacon: Retrato de una pesadilla (Panamericana, 2008); and two collections of journalistic profiles: 16 retratos excéntricos (Planeta, 2014) and Nunca es fácil ser una celebridad (Planeta 2013). His books have been published in Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay. In 2013 he was a guest editor for the prestigious Paris Match magazine in Paris and he has been the magazine's correspondent ever since. He is the editor behind the books The sorrows of Mexico (MacLehose, 2016) and Crónica: the best narrative journalism in Latin America (UNAM, 2016). He was a fellow at the Fundación Prensa y Democracia at Iberoamerican University and he attended workshops at the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo with Tomás Eloy Martínez, Carlos Monsiváis, and Martín Caparrós. He was the Latin American editor of Esquire, the cultural editor at the news weekly Semana, the director of Arcadia, and a columnist at El Espectador and Gente magazine, and he has contributed to several international publications such as El País, GQ, Travesías, El Universal, SoHo, Qué Pasa, La Nación and La Tercera, among others. He teaches narrative journalism at several universities throughout the continent and he is currently the editor-in-chief of the acclaimed Gatopardo magazine in Mexico City.

  • Robert Rincón (Valencia, 1985) is a poet and musician with a degree in Education and minors in Language and Literature. He completed a master’s in Latin American Literature. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Poesía of the Universidad de Carabobo. He has published two verse collections: Mercaderes [Merchants] (2010) and Emaús y el vientre de arena [Emmaus and the belly of sand] (2016). The latter was awarded the fifth Premio Nacional Universitario de Literatura. He is currently working toward a doctorate in Social Sciences with a minor in Cultural Studies at the Universidad de Carabobo.


  • Julia Rios is a Hugo award winning editor, and a writer, podcaster, and narrator. Currently the Fiction Editor for Fireside Magazine, Julia's own fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science FictionLightspeed, and among other places. Julia is also a co-host of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general SF discussion podcast, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. You can follow @omgjulia on Twitter if you would like to learn more.

  • Marcelo Rioseco is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and Editor in Chief of Latin American Literature Today. Since August of 2009, Marcelo has worked as a professor of Latin American literature in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics of the University of Oklahoma.

  • Nelson Rivera (Mariara, Venezuela, 1985) is a writer and journalist. He is a columnist for the newspaper El Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela and a communications consultant. He has been the director of the literary supplement of El Nacional since 1995. His book El Cíclope Totalitario [The totalitarian cyclops] (2009) is a collection of articles and essays published between 2004 and 2008, along with a variety of previously unpublished materials that deal with subjects of war, authoritarianisms, murderous barbarity, the collective annihilation of the human being, ambitions, and the deviations exercised in politics, discussed in reflexive, narrative, or testimonial forms. Rivera has led a distinguished career in the area of cultural journalism and literary criticism. He was awarded the Premio Fernando Pessoa de Periodismo Literario.

  • Cristina Rivera Garza. Author, translator, critic. Recent publications include, The Iliac Crest, trans. by Sarah Booker (The Feminist Press, 2017); The Taiga Syndrome, trans. by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana (Dorothy Project, 2018; Abd Other Stories, 2019), Había mucha neblina o humo o no sé qué (Random House, 2016). Distinguished professor and founder of the PhD in Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston.

  • Cristina Rivera Garza. Author, translator, critic. Recent publications include, The Iliac Crest, trans. by Sarah Booker (The Feminist Press, 2017); The Taiga Syndrome, trans. by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana (Dorothy Project, 2018; Abd Other Stories, 2019), Había mucha neblina o humo o no sé qué (Random House, 2016). Distinguished professor and founder of the PhD in Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston.

  • Ricardo Rivero Ortega is the rector of the Universidad de Salamanca. He is the author or coordinator of twenty-four books and over a hundred research projects published in journalists and specialist volumes on Public Law.


  • Nicholas Roberts graduated from King's College, Cambridge, before going on to undertake his doctoral studies at King's College, London. His first academic post was in St. Catherine's College, Oxford. He currently works as an Associate Professor at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He has published numerous articles and a monograph entitled Poetry and Loss on the work of Eugenio Montejo; he has also studied and published several articles on music in the work of Julio Cortázar, and will publish a monograph on this subject in 2019.

  • Juan Manuel Roca (Medellín, Colombia, 1946) is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He served for ten years as coordinator and then director of the "Magazín Dominical" of the newspaper El Espectador in Bogotá. For twenty-five years (1986-2011) he was director of the Casa Silva poetry workshop. He has received numerous awards for his work, both in Colombia and internationally. His verse collections include Lunca de ciegosLos ladrones nocturnosPaís secretoCiudadano de la nocheLa farmacia del ángelLas hipótesis de nadieTestamentosBiblia de pobresTemporada de estatuasPasaporte del apátrida, and No es prudente recibir caballos de madera de parte de un griego. In 2016, he published his complete poetry, with the title Silabario del camino. He currenclty directs the poetry specialization of the Master's program in Creative Writing at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

  • Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The NationVirginia Quarterly Review, RHINOBlackbird, and West BranchKarankawa (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma.

  • José Antonio Rodríguez is the author of the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep and Backlit Hour, and the memoir House Built on Ashes, winner of the Discovery Award from the Writers’ League of Texas and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, POETRY, and The Texas Observer, among other publications. He holds degrees in Biology and Theatre Arts and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. He is a member of CantoMundo, Macondo Writers’ Workshop, and the Texas Institute of Letters, and teaches writing in the M.F.A. program at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Learn more at

  • Jaime Alejandro Rodríguez Ruiz is a Colombian writer, professor and researcher.  He earned his Master’s in Literature from the Universidad Javeriana and his PhD in Philology from UNED (Spain).  He is the author of three novels (Gabriella Infinita, Due Process, and Amaury’s Hell);  three books of short stories (Album, Fiction and Forgetfulness, and Worldly Chronicles);  and three literary hypermedia works: Gabriella Infinita (recipient of a grant from the Colombian Ministry of Culture), Coup de grace (winner of the first international Microsoft/UCM prize for digital literature, Spain) and Memories and Paths (selected for the 2017 ELO Festival).  He has published several books of essays, including: Hypertext and literature, a battle for the sign in postmodern timesThe digital story, towards a new narrative art?  Thirteen reasons to talk about cyberculture; and Narratopedia, reflections on digital narrative, collective creation and cyberculture.  He is also the author of numerous articles published in national and international journals. He researches the areas of narratology, digital story, cyberculture and virtual education.  He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Javeriana University – Bogotá; he is currently Professor in the Department of Literature of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia), and member its the "Society of knowledge, communication and educational processes" section of the PhD in Social and Human Sciences. His current topics of interest are Digital Humanities, Post-Human Social Sciences, and the post-digital turn.

  • Legna Rodriguez Iglesias was born in 1984 in Camagüey, Cuba and now lives in Miami, where until recently she worked at a pizza parlor. She has won a number of major Cuban prizes including the Premio Iberoamericana de Cuento Julio Cortázar, the Premio Calendario de Cuento, the Premio Calendario de Poesía, and the Premio Casa de las Américas de Teatro for her first play, marking the first time the prize has been awarded to a Cuban exile. She is also the winner, most recently, of the 2016 Paz Prize for her book of poetry Miami Century Fox. She has published eleven books of poetry, three books of stories, two novels, and four children’s books.

  • Víctor Rodríguez Núñez (Havana, 1955) is one of Cuba’s most outstanding and celebrated contemporary writers, with over fifty collections of his poetry published throughout the world. He has been the recipient of major awards all over the Spanish-speaking region, including, in 2015, the coveted Loewe Prize. His selected poems have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Swedish. He has been a riveting presence at the most important international literary festivals, having read in more than forty countries. In the last decade, his work has developed an enthusiastic readership in the US and the UK, where he has published seven book-length translations. He divides his time between Gambier, Ohio, where he is currently Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College, and Havana, Cuba. More information at:

  • Sergio Rodríguez Saavedra (Santiago de Chile, 1963) is a professor, poet, and literary critic. He belongs to a generation that he has defined himself as "the blacked-out generation," since its members had to take on, in their youth, the consequences of the "cultural blackout" that their country suffered. He is a member of the Writers' Society of Chile and the International Honor Committee of the Frans Masereel Foundation (Belgium). He has published the verse collections Suscrito en la niebla [Signed in the fog] (1995), Ciudad poniente [Setting city] (2000), Memorial del confín de la tierra [Memorial to the edge of the earth] (2003), Tractatus y mariposa [Tractatus and butterfly] (2006), Militancia personal [Personal militancy] (2008), Centenario [Centenary] (2011), Ejercicios para encender el paso de los días [Exercises to ignite the passing of the days] (2014), and Patria negra, patria roja [Black homeland, red homeland] (2016). They have earned him various awards in his country, whose poetry continues to stand out for its quality, richness, and willingness to take risks. He has served as subdirector of the journal Rayentrú, reviews editor of the newspaper Carajo, and director of the editorial project Santiago Inédito. He has collaborated with the journal Pluma y pincel, the supplement Literatura & Libros and the weekly El Siglo.

  • Rafael Rojas is a Cuban historian and essayist exiled in Mexico. He is the author of various books on the intellectual and political history of Mexico, Cuba, and Latin America, one of which, Tumbas sin sosiego: Revolución, disidencia y exilio del intelectual cubano (2006) was awarded the Premio Anagrama. In 2009, he won the First Isabel de Polanco Essay Prize for his work Las repúblicas de aire: Utopía y desencanto en la Revolución de Hispanoamérica. He is currently a professor of the History Division of the CIDE and a Global Scholar at Princeton University. His latest books are La polis literaria: El boom, la Revolución y otras polémicas de la Guerra Fría (Taurus, 2017), Fighting over Fidel: The New York Intellectuals and the Cuban Revolution (Princeton UP, 2016), and La vanguardia peregrina: El escritor cubano, la tradición y el exilio (FCE, 2013).

  • Manuel Rojas was one of the most important Chilean and Latin American storytellers of the 20th century. Born in Argentina in 1896 to Chilean parents, Rojas settled down definitively in Chile in 1912, where he autodidactically worked on and developed his literary art. After stints in several different jobs—as a painter, electrician and tailor’s apprentice among others—Rojas ultimately chose the art of literature. His first forays into writing came in the form of chronicles about politics and education in anarchist newspapers. Afterwards, he began writing stories and novels. His most famous novel, and perhaps most famous work, is titled Hijo de Ladrón (Son of a Thief). Among his short stories, perhaps the most well-known is “El Vaso de leche” (The Glass of Milk). Based on a simple and mundane plot, the story faithfully reflects the predominant feeling dwelling in the Chilean consciousness: frustration with one’s personal state of affairs, especially regarding one’s relationship to money. As the critic Mario Rodriguez states in his anthology Cuentos Hispoanoamericanos (Hispanic-American Short Stories), Rojas’s narrative centers around “individuals who are helpless, defenseless, and abandoned within a hostile world and who painfully experience their own inner selves. Rojas died on March 11th, 1973 in Santiago, Chile, just months before the military coup. 

  • Alberto G. Rojo is a professor at the Department of Physics of Oakland University.

  • Pepe Rojo writes in Mexican and English as there is no other way to go at it in Tijuana, where he has spent most of his life for the past decade. He has published 5 books in Mexican and more than 200 texts dealing with fiction, media, and contemporary culture. He has directed several interventions, such as “You can see the future from here”, a series of sf-based collective imagination experiments in the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing border, as well as the “Tú no existes” campaign throughout Mexico. His English writing can be found in Birds In Shorts City, Flurb!, Three Messages and a Warning,  States of Terror, and Review:  Literature and Arts of the Americas. He is currently raising “Tierra y Libertad” flags, while trying to survive a Communication’s PhD at UCSD.

  • Yéiber Román was born on February 11, 1996 in Caracas, on the day of La Virgen de Lourdes, just as Pope John Paul II said goodbye to Venezuela for the second time. He is a student of Electronic Technology (TSU) at the Simón Bolívar University (USB). He was the winner of the Iraset Páez Urdaneta Poetry Contest (2016) and the José Santos Urriola Story Contest (2017), both from the USB. In 2018, supported by La Poeteca Foundation, Yeiber published his first collection of poems, Los Futuros Naúfragos.

  • Juan Pablo Roncone was born in Arica, Chile, in 1982, and moved to Santiago at the age of nineteen. In 2007 he won the Roberto Bolaño Young Writers Award with an unpublished novel, Los días finales – an award previously won by Diego Zúñiga and Antonio Díaz Oliva. In 2011 he published his first collection of short stories, Hermano ciervo (Editorial Los Libros Que Leo, 2011; Fiordo Editorial, 2012; Marbot Ediciones, 2013; Sudaquia Editores, 2013; and Laurel Editores, 2014 and 2016), which won the prestigious Santiago Municipal Literature Prize and which led to him being chosen as one of the 2017 Bogotá39 – Latin America’s best fiction writers under forty.

  • Mirta Rosenberg (b. Rosario, 1951-2019) was one of Argentina’s most widely respected poets and translators. She published more than ten collections of poetry, as well as translations of Marianne Moore, Anne Carson, and Seamus Heaney. For many years she was a member of the editorial board of Diario de poesía. In 2003 she was awarded the Guggenheim grant for poetry, in 2004 the Konex prize for her work as a literary translator, and in 2008 she was an invited poet at the Rotterdam Poetry International Festival.

  • Verónica Rossi is Associate Curator at the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (MALBA), where she is responsible for the museum archives and undertakes research relevant to curatorial projects. Additionally, Rossi oversees numerous archives of Argentine artists and writers. Between 2011 and 2016, she re-organized the entire archive of the writer Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, helping to raise the value of his work and leading to several new publications.

  • Laura Ruiz Montes (b. 1966, Matanzas) has published several poetry collections, most recently Otro retorno al país natal and Los frutos ácidos, both of which won Cuba’s National Critics Prize. She is the senior editor at Ediciones Vigía and editor in chief of Vigía magazine.

  • Roxana Miranda Rupailaf is a Mapuche-Huilliche poet. She was born in 1982 in the city of Osorno, Los Lagos Region, Chile. She is professor of Spanish Language and Communication, and she studied at the Universidades de Los Lagos (Osorno) and Götingen (Germany). She earned her graduate degree in literature at the Universidad Austral de Chile. In 2006 and 2008 she won the writers' grant from the Consejo Nacional del Libro y la Lectura. Her poetry has been included in the anthologies Epu Mari ulkantufe ta fachantu/20 poetas mapuche contemporáneos (2003), Canto a un prisionero. Antología de poetas americanos (Canada, 2005), Hilando en la memoria (2006 and 2009), and Antología mapuche trilingüe, versiones en mapuchezungun, inglés y español (Australia, 2017). She has organized various literary conferences. She has published the books Tentaciones de Eva (2003), Seducción de los venenos (2008), Shumpall (2011 and 2018), Kopuke filu-serpientes de Agua (2017), and Trewa Ko (2018), which have received many distinctions.

  • Margara Russotto is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture. Born in Italy, she lived in Venezuela for more than forty years. A specialist in 20th century Latin American Literature (including Brazil, Spanish America and the Caribbean with a comparative and multicultural perspective), her research and teaching interests also include Poetry and Women Writers. She has published several books on literary criticism, more than fifty articles, and various translations of Brazilian and Italian authors (Oswald de Andrade, Antonio Cândido, Cecília Meireles, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Claudio Magris, among others). She has collected and edited the poetry works of important women writers from Venezuela (Antonia Palacios) and Uruguay (Martha Canfield).  


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