Carmen Boullosa (Mexico)
Novelist and university professor born in Mexico City in 1954, where she studied and graduated with degrees in Hispanic Language and Literature from the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Universidad Autónoma de México. In 1976, she was awarded a Salvador Novo grant. From 1977 to 1979, she worked as an editor of the Dictionary of Mexican Spanish at the Colegio de México, and in 1979 she won the FONAPAS grant from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1980, she founded the Taller Tres Sirenas, dedicated to the publication of art books in small print runs. The same year, she received a grant from the Centro Mexicano de Escritores, after which she wrote her first novel: Mejor desaparece. In 1991 she was awarded a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and in 1995 she moved to Berlin with her two children, Juan and María, on the invitation of the artists- and writers-in-residence program of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). She has published almost fifteen novels, four volumes of theatrical works, and more than ten verse collections. She has been awarded the following prizes: Villaurrutia (1989), Fráncfort del Meno (1996), Anna Seghers-Preis, Berlín (1997), and the Café Gijón prize for novels (2009). She currently lives in New York and in Coyoacán, Mexico City with her husband, the historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Wallace.
Sergio Chejfec (Argentina)
Sergio Chejfec was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. He is an author of fiction and essays. Between 1990 and 2005, he lived in Caracas; since then he has resided in New York, where he teaches courses in the Master's Program of Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University. Among his published works are Últimas noticias de la escritura, La experiencia dramática, Mis dos mundos, and Los incompletos.
Jaime Collyer (Chile)
Writer of short stories and novels with a wide-ranging career. Author of the short story collections Gente al acecho (1998), La bestia en casa (1998), and La voz del amo (2005), all of which have been awarded the Premio Municipal de Santiago, and of the novels El infiltrado, Cien pájaros volando, El habitante del cielo (which won the Premio Altazor de Narrativa in Chile in 2003), La fidelidad presunta de las partes (Santiago de Chile, 2009), and Fulgor (Santiago de Chile, 2011). In 2014, he published Swingers, his fourth book of short stories, a collection that speculates ironically about the eventual use of human cloning. He has also written essays and an investigative piece on the sexual history of Chile, publishing the volumes Pecar como Dios manda: desde los orígenes hasta la Colonia (Santiago de Chile, 2010) and Chile con pecado concebido: el siglo XIX (Santiago de Chile, 2014).
Rafael Courtoisie (Uruguay)
Fiction writer, poet, and essayist. Member of the Academia Nacional de Letras of Uruguay, corresponding member of the Real Academia Española, essayist, translator, and professor of Literary Theory. He has won various international prizes for his verse collections and his novels. These awards include: Premio Loewe (jury directed by Octavio Paz), Premio Blas de Otero in Spain (jury directed by Carlos Bousoño), Premio Plural (jury directed by Juan Gelman), Premio Jaime Sabines in Mexico, Premio Fraternidad in Jerusalem, Israel, Premio Nacional de Narrativa and Premio Nacional de Poesía in Uruguay, and Premio de la Crítica in Uruguay. He has worked as a university professor in Uruguay and as a visiting professor in various universities in the United States, England, Colombia, Chile, etc. His novels Goma de mascar (2008) and Tajos were recently republished. Parranda (Visor, Premio Casa de América de Madrid, 2014) and Ordalía (Huerga & Fierro, 2016) are his most recent verse collections published in Spain. La balada de la mudita (2016) and Diario de un clavo (2016) are his most recent books published in Mexico. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Ignacio Echeverría (Spain)
Editor and literary critic. He earned his degree in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Barcelona; since 1986, he has worked as a literary editor. He has coordinated important collections of classic and modern authors (among them, the Biblioteca Clásica of the Real Academia Española, which is still underway) and promoted the publication of the Obras completas of authors like Juan Carlos Onetti and Nicanor Parra, among others. He has overseen the posthumous publication of several works by Roberto Bolaño (Entre paréntesis, 2666, El secreto del mal), and he has anthologized the works of Pedro Lemebel (Poco hombre). He has served as a distinguished literary critic in various different media, but especially in Babelia, the culture supplement of the Spanish newspaper El País, where he collaborated for fifteen years (1990-2004). His work in this field has been partially collected in the volumes Trayecto. Un recorrido crítico por la reciente narrativa española (Madrid, 2005) and Desvíos. Un recorrido crítico por la reciente narrativa latinoamericana (Santiago de Chile, 2006). Ignacio Echeverría also presents conference talks and writes articles, and he has directed workshops on literary criticism in different cities in Spain and Latin America. He currently writes a weekly column in “El Cultural,” the culture supplement of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
Victoria De Stefano (Venezuela)
Novelist and essayist. Born in Rimini, Italy in 1940. In 1946, her family moved to Venezuela. In 1962 she earned a degree from the Escuela de Filosofía of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She taught in the Escuela de Filosofía, and later she gave courses on Aesthetics and Dramatic Theory and Structure at the Escuela de Arte. Among her books are: El desolvido (Ediciones Bárbara, Caracas 1970; Mondadori, Caracas 2006); Poesía y modernidad, Baudelaire (EBUC, Caracas, 1984, Equinoccio, Caracas, 2006, Premio Municipal de Ensayo); La noche llama a la noche (Monte Ávila, 1985; Mondadori, Caracas, 2008); El lugar del escritor (Alter Ego, Caracas 1992; Siglo XXI, México 1993; Ediciones Otero, Caracas, 2010); Cabo de vida (Planeta, Caracas, 1994); Historias de la marcha a pie (Oscar Todtmann Editores, 1997; El otro, el mismo, 2005; Alfaguara, Premio Municipal de Novela y finalista del Premio Rómulo Gallegos); Lluvia (Óscar Todtmann, 2002; Candaya, Barcelona 2006); Pedir demasiado (Bigotecca, Caracas, 2004); La refiguración del viaje (Instituto de investigaciones literarias Gonzalo Picón Febres, Mérida, 2005); and Paleografías (Alfaguara, Caracas, 2010, Premio de la crítica a la Novela 2010).
Miguel Gomes (Venezuela)
Writer, literary critic and professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut since 1993. Member of The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2009. Among other volumes of research and criticism, he has published: La realidad y el valor estético: configuraciones del poder en el ensayo hispanoamericano (Equinoccio/Universidad Simón Bolívar, 2010), Poéticas del ensayo venezolano del siglo XX (Universidad del Zulia/Universidad Cecilio Acosta, 2008), Los géneros literarios en Hispanoamérica: teoría e historia (Ediciones de la Universidad de Navarra, 1999), Estética hispanoamericana del siglo XIX (Biblioteca Ayacucho, 2003), and Estética del modernismo hispanoamericano (Biblioteca Ayacucho, 2002).
Leila Guerriero (Argentina)
Journalist. She began her journalistic career in 1991 at the magazine Página/30. Since then, her work has appeared in La Nación, Rolling Stone, Orsai, and Lamujerdemivida in Argentina; El País and Vanity Fair in Spain; El Malpensante and Soho in Colombia; Etiqueta Negra in Peru; Gatopardo, El Universal, La Tempestad and Letras Libres in Mexico; Diners in Ecuador; Paula and El Mercurio in Chile; Granta in the United Kingdom; Lettre Internationale in Germany and Romania; and L’Internazionale in Italy, among other publications. She has published Los suicidas del fin del mundo (Tusquets, 2005), Frutos extraños (Aguilar, 2012), Plano americano (Ediciones UDP, 2013) and the chronicle Una historia sencilla (Anagrama, 2013). In 2014, she published her book Zona de obras, a series of texts on writing and journalism, through the Spanish publisher Círculo de tiza. In 2010, her text El rastro en los huesos, published in El País Semanal and Gatopardo, received the CEMEX-FNPI prize. In 2013, her text El bovarismo, dos mujeres y un pueblo de la pampa won the Premio de Periodismo González Ruano, awarded by the Fundación Mapfre in Spain. Her work has been included in anthologies like Las mejores crónicas de Gatopardo (Debate, 2006), La Argentina Crónica (Planeta, 2007), Crónicas SoHo (Aguilar, 2008), Mejor que ficción (Anagrama, 2012), Antología de crónica latinoamericana actual (Alfaguara, 2012), and Maldito sur (Surhkamp, Alemania). She is the Latin American regional editor for Gatopardo, and she directs the collection Mirada crónica for Tusquets Argentina. Since 2014, she has been the last-page columnist for the Spanish newspaper El País. In 2014, she received a Konex prize in the category “Crónica y testimonio.”
José Kozer (Cuba)
Poet and translator. He has lived in the United States since 1960. He taught Spanish and Spanish-language literature at Queens College, CUNY, from 1965 to 1997. He currently lives in Hallandale, Florida. His work has been translated to several languages, published in numerous magazines and journals, and examined in various dissertations and doctoral theses. Among his latest books are Bajo este cien (two editions, in México, 1983, and Barcelona, 2002), Carece de causa (two editions, both in Buenos Aires, 1988, 2004), Ánima (Mexico City, 2002), No buscan reflejarse (Havana, 2001), Tokonoma (Madrid, 2011), Índole (Matanzas, 2013), De rerum natura (São Paulo, 2013), and two books of prose, Mezcla para dos tiempos and Una huella destartalada (both published in Mexico by Editorial Aldus; 1999 and 2003 respectively). He is the author of 75 verse collections. He received the Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía Pablo Neruda in 2013. Fondo de Cultura Económica published his personal anthology, titled Acta est fabula, in 2013.
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks (Papeles falsos), and the internationally acclaimed novels Faces in the Crowd (Los ingrávidos) and The Story of My Teeth (La historia de mis dientes). Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and she has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Freeman’s. Her novel The Story of My Teeth won the LA Times Best Book Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In in 2014, she was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" award. (Photo ©DiegoBerruecos.)
Fabio Morábito (Mexico)
Writer and poet. He was born in Alexandria to Italian parents. When he was three years old, his family returned to Italy, and at fifteen years old he moved again to Mexico. Although his first language is Italian, he has written all of his works in Spanish. Several of his books have been translated to German, English, French, Portuguese, and Italian. In 2016, the book Oficios del nómada: Fabio Morábito ante la crítica was published, collecting twenty essays by writers and academics from the United States, Spain, Germany, and Latin America on his literary works. He has written poetry, short stories, novels, and essays, receiving various prizes, among them the Aguascalientes and Carlos Pellicer poetry prizes and the Antonin Artaud prize for fiction. He is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas of UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Andrés Neuman (Argentina)
Fiction writer, poet, and translator. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he spent his childhood. The son of Argentine émigré musicians, he lives in Granada, Spain. He has a degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Granada, where he taught Latin American literature. He was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists and was included on the Bogotá-39 list. He is the author of novels, short stories, poems, aphorisms, and travel books. His first novel translated into English, Traveler of the Century (FSG), won the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, and was selected among the books of the year by El País, El Mundo, The Guardian, The Independent, and Financial Times; it was also shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received a Special Commendation from the jury of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His second novel published in English, Talking to Ourselves (FSG), was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and for the Best Translated Book Award, shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and selected as number 1 among the Top 20 books of the year by Typographical Era. His collection of short stories The Things We Don’t Do (Open Letter) was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and won the Firecracker Award for fiction, given by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses with the American Booksellers Association. His last work published in English is the travel book How to Travel without Seeing. Dispatches from the New Latin America (Restless Books). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jorge Ruffinelli (Uruguay)
Critic and researcher of film and literature. Since 1986, he has worked as a professor at Stanford University (California, USA), after teaching in Argentina (Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1973) and Mexico (where he directed the Centro de Investigaciones Lingüístico-Literarias of the Universidad Veracruzana from 1974 to 1986). He has published 21 books, including: Palabras en orden (Buenos Aires, 1974), José Revueltas, ficción, política y verdad (Mexico, 1977), El otro México. B. Traven, D.H. Lawrence y Malcolm Lowry (Mexico, 1978), La viuda de Montiel (Mexico, 1979), El lugar de Rulfo, Las infamias de la inteligencia burguesa (Mexico, 1981), Crítica en Marcha (1979 y 1982), Literatura e ideología: el primer Mariano Azuela (1982, Premio Nacional de Ensayo INBA/Gómez Palacio, Mexico), John Reed en México: Villa y la Revolución Mexicana (Mexico, 1983), Poesía y descolonización. Nicolás Guillén (Mexico, 1985), (1986), and La sonrisa de Gardel (Montevideo, 2004). His book Patricio Guzmán was published by Cátedra and Filmoteca Española in 2001; Víctor Gaviria: los márgenes al centro by Editorial Turner in Madrid, 2005, and Universidad de Guadalajara/FICG, 2009; and Sueños de realidad. Fernando Pérez: tres décadas de cine, by Universidad de Alcalá (Spain) and FNCL (Cuba) in 2005. In Chile, he published the books: Cristián Sánchez (2007), El cine de Patricio Guzmán (2008), América Latina en 130 películas (Uqbar, 2009), América Latina en 130 documentales (Uqbar, 2012), and Locas mujeres. 130 películas dirigida por mujeres en A. Latina (Uqbar, 2015). His book Para verte mejor. El nuevo cine uruguayo y todo lo anterior (2015) was recently published in Uruguay. He directed the literary section of Marcha in Uruguay, and he currently directs the journal Nuevo Texto Crítico. He has served as a literary prize juror for the Premio Casa de las Américas in Cuba and the Premio Juan Rulfo in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has also served on the jury at various film festivals: FICG (Mexico); Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba); Festival Internacional de San Sebastián (Basque Country); and Festival del Cinema Latinoamericano in Trieste, Italy. 1993 saw the release of his film Augusto Monterroso, A Short Story, a documentary about the Guatemalan writer.
Beatriz Sarlo (Argentina)
Writer and essayist. She studied literature in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. From 1978 to 2008, she was the director of the journal Punto de vista. She has published El imperio de los sentimientos (Buenos Aires, 1985); Una modernidad periférica: Buenos Aires 1920 y 1930 (Buenos Aires, 1988), and La imaginación técnica; sueños modernos de la cultura argentina (Buenos Aires, 1992). In 1993, her book Borges, A Writer on the Edge (translated in 1995 as Borges, un escritor en las orillas) was published in London. She has also published Escena de la vida posmoderna; intelectuales arte y videocultura en Argentina (Buenos Aires, 1994); Instantáneas. Medios, ciudad y costumbres en el fin de siglo (Buenos Aires, 1996); La máquina cultural: maestras, traductores y vanguardistas (Buenos Aires, en 1996); Tiempo presente (Buenos Aires, 2001); La pasión y la excepción (Buenos Aires, 2003); Tiempo pasado. Cultura de la memoria y giro subjetivo (Buenos Aires, 2005); Escritos sobre literatura argentina (Buenos Aires, 2007); La ciudad vista; mercancías y cultura urbana (Buenos Aires, 2009); La audacia y el cálculo: Kirchner 2003-2010 (Buenos Aires, 2011); Ficciones argentinas (Buenos Aires, 2012); and Viajes. De la Amazonia a las Malvinas (Buenos Aires, 2014). Her latest book is Zona Saer, published in 2016. Her work has been translated to Portuguese, English, and Italian.
She has received a Guggenheim grant, the Premio a la Trayectoria del Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the Premio José Donoso of the Universidad de Talca, the Diploma al Mérito Konex 2014, and the Premio a la Libertad de Expresión awarded by Editorial Perfil. In 2009, she received the Orden do Mérito Cultural, Grado Gran Cruz, from the Republic of Brazil. In 2013, she received the Pluma de Honor from the Academia Argentina de Periodismo and was named a corresponding member of the British Academy. In 2014, she received the Premio Pedro Henríquez Ureña, awarded by the Dominican Republic.
Saul Sosnowski (Argentina)
Professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Maryland, College Park. He directed the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American Studies Center, which he founded in 1989, and served as Vice-Rector for International Affairs. He is an author and editor of several books on Latin American subjects. In 1972, he founded the literary journal Hispamérica, which he has directed ever since.
Author of Julio Cortázar: una búsqueda mítica; Borges y la Cábala: la búsqueda del Verbo (translated into Portuguese and German); La orilla inminente: escritores judíos-argentinos, Fascismo y nazismo en las letras argentinas (with Leonardo Senkman); over 80 articles; editor or co-editor of 17 volumes. He also serves on the boards of five scholarly journals. Borges y la Cábala: senderos del Verbo, with Argentine artist Mirta Kupferminc (Buenos Aires, Artes Gráficas, 2006) led to major exhibitions at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, Centro da Cultura Judaica (São Paulo), and numerous presentations in the US and Israel.
Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina)
Fiction and short story writer. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she currently lives. She has published twenty-five books; among the most recent are the novels El Mañana (Buenos Aires, 2010), Cuidado con el tigre (Buenos Aires, 2011), and La máscara sarda, el profundo secreto de Perón. Her text Novela negra con Argentinos was re-published by Fondo de Cultura Económica in 2016. Her published short story collections include Cambio de armas y otros cuentos políticos (Buenos Aires, 2015). Among her published essays are Cortázar-Fuentes, Entrecruzamientos, (Alfaguara, 2014); El Entusiasmo, Lección de Arte (Fineo, Mexico, 2014); and Diario de máscaras (Capital Intelectual, 2015).
She has won numerous prizes and grants and been widely translated into various languages, and her stories and essays have been included in countless international anthologies. She is also a Doctora Honoris Causa at Knox College, Illinois, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ciudadana Ilustre of the City of Buenos Aires, and President of the Argentine PEN Center.