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  • María Tabares (Bogotá, Colombia, 1958) is a poet and prose writer, and a graduate of The School of Writers of Mexico (SOGEM). She has facilitated and participated in poetry, prose, dramaturgy, and script-writing workshops in Spain and Mexico. Her poems have been published in poetry magazines and in anthologies in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and France. Her published poetry books are: it falls, it rings, and it invades us (second-place winner at the poetry contest sponsored by the Rayo Museum and Ediciones Embalaje, Colombia, 2010); Light, Shadow Poems (first-place winner at the poetry contest sponsored by the Rayo Museum and Ediciones Embalaje, Colombia, 2011); The Megaphone Poets (Mexico, 2008); The Happy Turtle (La Dieresis Editorial, Mexico, 2012); and Álulas (El Angel Editor, Ecuador, 2014) Her short story "Five Minutes" won third place at the National Short Story Contest sponsored by Fundación La Cueva, Colombia, 2012. Her unpublished collection of poems The Shadow Ones won an honourable mention at the National Poetry Award of the city of Bogota, Colombia, 2013. (

  • Dr. Jorge Alberto Tapia Ortiz obtained his PhD in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh (2016). He is an academic and researcher specializing in contemporary indigenous literatures. He has published the following books: Hasta que muera el sol: Antología de escritoras y escritores indígenas bröran-térraba (2014), Educación comunidad y literatura: Condiciones para la emergencia de una literatura indígena contemporánea (caso bröran-térraba en Costa Rica (2019). He teaches literary workshops in Amerindian communities to promote the emergence of new writers, as well as the empowerment and recognition of ancestral epistemologies.

    He has just finished his second postdoctoral year (August 2019) in the Masters of Amerindian Studies and Bilingual Education, Faculty of Philosophy, at the Autonomous University of Querétaro, where he also serves as professor and coordinator of the program. He is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI level I).

  • Ana Enriqueta Terán (Valera, Venezuela, 1918) is a poet and diplomat. She is one of the fundamental voices of the Venezuelan poetry of the twentieth century. She worked outside her home country on various occasions, serving as a delegate to the Asamblea de la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres in Buenos Aires in 1949. In 1952, she retired from her diplomatic career to dedicate herself to poetry. She was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura in 1989, and she was granted a doctorate honoris causa from the Universidad de Carabobo in the same year. Her poetic work, marked by great formal precision, began with Al norte de la sangre [North of the blood] (1946). Piedra de habla [Stone of speech] (2014), published in Venezuela by Biblioteca Ayacucho, is one of her most recent titles.

  • Stephen C. Tobin is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA whose research focuses on Mexican fantastic and science fiction cultural production. He is currently working on the manuscript to his first book, Specular Fictions: Vision, Technology and Subjectivity from Mexican Science Fiction 1993-2008, which argues that science fiction literature has become a unique discursive space through which authors reflect upon and critique contemporary specular regimes within Mexico. His upcoming article titled "Does the posthuman actually exist in Mexico? A critique of the essayistic production on the posthuman written by Mexicans (2001-2007)" will be included in the forthcoming anthology Posthumanizing the World: Speculative Aesthetics in Latin(x) American Science Fiction, from Palgrave's Global Science Fiction Series. His article "Televisual Subjectivities from Pepe Rojo's Speculative Fiction: 1996-2003" was recently published at the University of South Florida’s Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía. He also has published piece in Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society, alter/nativas, and Meister, the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA's literary journal. Likewise, he teaches courses on science fiction and posthumanism at UCLA, such as the survey course Spanish-American Science Fiction and Posthumanism from the Periphery: Robots, Cyborgs and Clones in Latin American Culture, which encourages students to critically consider these enduring icons that have appeared throughout the years in the region. In addition, Stephen’s courses host as frequently as possible science fiction authors, such as Pepe Rojo (Mexico) and Yoss (Cuba), which give students unmediated access to the creator of works under discussion. 

  • Natalia Toledo has written four books of poetry and two of prose, all bilingual (Zapotec/Spanish). She has read her poetry in Latin America and the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Her work as a jewelry and clothing designer and chef reiterates the lively imagery of her poetry.

  • Martín [Jacinto Meza] Tonalmeyotl is a Nahua narrator, poet, teacher, translator, and photographer. He holds a BA in Hispanic American Literature from the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (UAGRO) and a master's degree in Indoamerican Linguistics from the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). His verse collections include Tlalkatsajtsilistle / Ritual de los olvidados (Jaguar Ediciones, Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Puebla, 2016) and Nosentlalilxochitlajtol / Antología personal (Asociación de Escritores de México, Colección Colores Primarios, 2017). He is currently a Professor of Nahuatl Language at the Intercultural University of the State of Puebla (UIEP), and coordinates the series Xochitlájtoli for Círculo de Poesía, which showcases contemporary poetry written in Mexico's indigenous languages.

  • Mariana Torres (Brazil, 1981) is the author of El cuerpo secreto (Páginas de Espuma, 2015) and the creator of the short film Rascacielos (2009). She has worked a professor of creative writing at the Escuela de Escritores since its foundation in Madrid in 2003. Her work has been featured in the anthologies Segunda parábola de los talentos (Gens Ediciones, 2011) and Sólo Cuento IX (UNAM, 2017). She is part of the 2017 Bogotá39, selected by the Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias, which represents the 39 best fiction writers under the age of 40 born in Latin America.

  • Paloma Torres (La Coruña, 1984) earned her doctorate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her thesis on the endings of the short stories of Julio Ramón Ribeyro received the prize for outstanding doctoral thesis. More recently, she has developed her research in the Institute of Philological Research of the UNAM (Mexico) with a postdoctoral grant. She is a contributor to the digital magazine FronteraD and she works with Gadir Editorial.

  • Joseph M. Towle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies at Augsburg University. He teaches Latin American literatures and cultures, Latin American Noir and Detective Fiction, and Latin American Science Fiction. His research areas also include Latin American revolutions and social movements, the Zapatistas, and human rights with a particular focus on contemporary Mexican literatures and cultures. His most recent project, Sunny Places for Shady People: El post-policiaco mexicano (Artificios, 2018), invited diverse voices that explore a new shift in contemporary Mexican literature.

  • Mariana Travacio was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1967 and grew up in Brazil. She now lives in Buenos Aires. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in creative writing. She is also a translator from French and Portuguese to Spanish. Her stories have received numerous national and international prizes and have been published in magazines and anthologies in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, and the U.S. She is the author of the story collections Cotidiano (2015) and Cenizas de carnaval (2018), and the novel Como si existiese el perdón (2016).


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