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else] (Libros del Fuego, 2018); and Detrás de los erizos [Behind the sea urchins], winner of the contest for previously unpublished authors organized by Monte Ávila Editores (2007).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.