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  • Achy Obejas (Havana, 1956) is a Cuban-American journalist, poet, translator, and fiction writer. She belongs to the generation of writers connected to biculturality and the Latino universe of the United States. Her poems and stories have appeared in Prairie SchoonerFifth Wednesday Journal, and other US publications, as well as La Gaceta de Cuba. She has worked as a journalist for almost ten years, writing extensively for The Chicago Tribune, and she has also published her own works as a writer, including Days of Awe and Ruins. She has dedicated her time to various activities, from advertising to political activism, from playwriting to book editing; nonetheless, her greatest and most constant pride is in her literary writing. She has written about themes such as politics, sexuality, and her Cuban nationality.

  • Silvina Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1903. A central figure of Argentine literary circles, Ocampo's accolades include Argentina's National Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was an early publisher of Argentina's Sur magazine, where she worked closely with its founder, her sister Victoria Ocampo; Adolfo Bioy Casares, her husband; and Jorge Luis Borges. In 1937, Sur published Ocampo's first book, Viaje olvidado. She went on to publish thirteen volumes of fiction and poetry during a long and much-lauded career. Ocampo died in Buenos Aires in 1993. La promesa, her only novel, was posthumously published in 2011.

  • Mónica Ojeda, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1988, has a Master in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies and has taught at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil. She currently lives in Madrid where she is working on her PhD on Latin American pornographic literature. She was awarded the Alba Narrativa Prize in 2014 for her novel La desfiguración Silva (Arte y Literatura, 2015) and the Third National Poetry Prize Desembarco in 2015 for El ciclo de las piedras (Rastro de la Iguana Ediciones, 2015). Her novels Nefando (2016) and Mandíbula (2018), both published by Candaya in Spain, have both received overwhelmingly positive critical reviews. In 2017, Mónica was included in the prestigious Bogotá 39–2017 group, which selects thirty-nine writers under forty who have the potential and talent to mark the future of Latin American literature. 

  • Luis Alejandro Ordóñez (1973) is a Venezuelan writer who has lived in the United States since 2008. Between Chicago and Miami he has worked as editor, copywriter, proofreader, translator, Spanish teacher, and bookseller. In 2018 he published the Spanish version of The Last New York Times (Suburbano ediciones) and in 2015 a short stories collection titled Play (Editorial Ars Communis). He has been part of anthologies of writers who live in the United States and write in Spanish, such as Diáspora (Editorial Vaso Roto), Pertenencia and Trasfondos (both from Ars Communis) and Escritorxs Salvajes (Hypermedia Editores). In 2014 he won the II literary prize in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University for the story Doble Negación. With Librero, he won the Severo Ochoa Micro-Story Contest from the library of the Cervantes Institute in Chicago. He has collaborated with different websites, magazines, and newspapers such as Suburbano, South Side Weekly, Univision, contratiempo, El Beisman, MiamiDiario, El Nacional, and Producto magazine, among others. Web site:

  • Olga Orozco was an Argentine poet and writers of short stories, born in Toay in the province of La Pampa. She was a member of the group of prose writers of the last generation of Argentine letters. Her literary work represents a new version of the fantasy associated with infancy and its charms, and with the everyday. She belonged to the "Generation of '40."

  • Ashanti Dinah Orozco-Herrera was born in Barranquilla (Colombian Caribbean). She is an activist and a militant afrofeminist, and a member of the “Angela Davis” Organization of Black Communities in Barranquilla. She holds a BA in Education from the Universidad del Atlántico, and an MA in Hispanic American Literature from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo.  She is a practicing Santera in the Regla de Osha of the Afro-Cuban spritual tradition. A number of her poems published in Poética del Munta Renaciente were published previously in Revista Kumba of the Universidad Nacional, Afroféminas in Spain, Literariedad, Afro-Hispanic Review in the United States, the literary magazine Otro páramo, Nueva Poesía y Narrativa Hispanoamericana del Siglo XXI, Lord Byron Ediciones, Madrid, in the book Más allá del decenio de los pueblos afrodescendientes, and in Investigando el racismo y la discriminación en la escuela, of the “Proyecto Dignificación de las y los afrodescendientes a través de la afroetnoeducación” in Colombia. She won the Premio Benkos Biohó, 2016, in the category of Ethnoeducation, on Colombia’s Día Nacional de la Afrocolombianidad. The award was given to her by the IDPAC, in recognition of her contributions as a teacher in the Universidad Distrital de Bogotá’s Childhood Teaching Program in its implementation of a Chair in Afro-Colombian Studies.

  • Jorge Ortega (Mexicali, 1972) is one of Mexico’s leading contemporary poets.  He has published over a dozen collections of poetry and essays in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and the United States.  Among his poetry collections, one should mention Ajedrez de polvo (tsé-tsé, Argentina: 2003), Estado del tiempo (Hiperión, Madrid: 2005), and Devoción por la piedra, which won the coveted Premio Internacional de Poesía Jaime Sabines in 2010, published by CONECULTA and the fine arts council of Chiapas, Mexico.   His poetry and essays have also appeared in such journals as Crítica, Letras Libres, Nexos, The Bitter Oleander, The Black Herald, Poetry International, and The International Poetry Review.  Although Ortega has lived on the border in the northern desert of Mexico, his poetry alludes to both the country’s border and the realities of contemporary Mexico and Mexican Spanish, as well as remaining deeply entrenched in the Baroque, Neo-Baroque, and avant-garde traditions of Spanish language poetry.  He is a noted critic and scholar of Latin American and Iberian poetry, and he completed his PhD in Hispanic Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.  Ortega is also a translator of North American and Catalan poetry, and he has published translations of such poets as Hart Crane and Ezra Pound.   Ortega currently resides in his native city where he is a professor at CETYS University, and where he also edits the university’s journal Arquetipos.

  • Lucía Ortega Toledo (Mexico City, 1980) has her Communication Studies and her Masters and Doctorate in Literature from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. She has published poetry and essays in Adspiro, OpciónDestiemposCastálida, etc. and has collaborated on various academic books. For five years she has lived in the U.S. where she is working on screenplays and a poetry book and has worked as a translator and teacher of Spanish. Lucía translated her interview with Jimmy Santiago Baca into Spanish as well as Baca's newest book of poetry. She will also translate Baca's upcoming novel.

  • Amparo Osorio (Bogotá, Colombia, 1951) is a poet, author, essayist, and journalist. She has published the following books: Huracanes de sueños (1983-1984); Gota ebria (1987); Territorio de máscaras (1990); the anthology La casa leída (1996); Migración de la ceniza (1998); Omar Rayo Geometría iluminada (interview, 2001); Antología esencial (Común Presencia Editores, Bogotá, 2001); Memoria absuelta (Universidad Nacional de Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 2004); Memoria absuelta (Lustra editores, Lima, Perú 2008); the anthology Estación profética (2010), Grandes entrevistas de Común Presencia (co-author, Bicentennial Literature Prize, Común Presencia Editores, Bogotá, Colombia, 2010); Oscura música (Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia 2013), the novel Itinerarios de la sangre (Común Presencia Editores, Bogotá, Colombia, 2014) and La caída interior (Común Presencia Editores, Bogotá, Colombia 2017). She is managing editor of the journal Común Presencia and the co-founder, along with Gonzalo Márquez Cristo, of the electronic weekly Con-fabulación, where she is currently the director. She is also the co-director of the Los Conjurados International Literature collection, which has published 123 titles across the genres of poetry, essay, short story, novel, crónica, and testimonio

  • Diego Enrique Osorno (Monterey, Mexico, 1980) is a writer and journalist. He has witnessed and told the stories of some of the main conflicts of the twenty-first century in Mexico and other Latin American countries. According to the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism, he is one of the New Chroniclers of the Indies. His texts, which fall within the journalistic genre known as narrative journalism, have been included in anthologies published in the United States, Cuba, the United Kingdom, Spain, Venezuela, and other countries. Some of his books, such as El Cártel de Sinaloa [The Sinaloa cartel] (2009), La Guerra de los Zetas [The war of the Zetas] (2012), and Contra Estados Unidos [Against the United States] (2014) have appeared on the annual lists of the best nonfiction literature of the newspaper Reforma. Besides publishing chronicles and reports in outlets like GatopardoL’Espresso, Proceso, Newsweek, Internazionale, Letras Libres, Courrier International, Etiqueta Negra, VICE and El Universal, he has directed documentaries over current events, highlighting what Osorno calls "the Mexican abyss."

  • Tilsa Otta is an audiovisual artist and writer. She has published four books of poetry, a book of short stories, a children's poetry book, and a comic. Her most recent publication is the novel Lxs niñxs de oro de la alquimia sexual (Penguin Random House). She creates experimental and fictional films and leads poetry workshops for adults and children. For more information and 'magia blanca':

  • Tess O’Dwyer won the Columbia University Translation Center Award for her rendition of Giannina Braschi’s Postmodern poetry epic Empire of Dreams (Yale University Press). She also translated Braschi’s Spanglish classic novel Yo-Yo Boing! (AmazonCrossing), as well as the Social Realist novel Martin Rivas by Alberto Blest Gana (Oxford University Press). She co-edited Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas and served on the board of PEN America and the Academy of American Poets. 


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