Palabras Errantes Latin American Literature in Translation

Palabras Errantes


Here you can find all of the writers who have participated in Palabras Errantes.

To date we have translated more than 100 writers from across the Americas, in our projects exploring the work of Uruguayan women writers born after 1973, contemporary Argentine poetry and prose, Venezuelan urban narratives, the Spanish-language literary community in Nueva York, Mexican Speculative Fiction and post-dictatorship Uruguayan poetry.

If you would like to contribute work or translate on subsequent projects please write to cherilyn.elston@gmail.com

Writing Lesbian Desire

Ana Nuño (Caracas, 1957) is a writer and editor. She has published various poetry collections (*Las voces encontradas*, *Sextinario*) and essays (*Lezama Lima*), alongside other work. Her poetry has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguesa and English. During the last twenty years she has regularly published in different media in Spain, Mexico and Venezuela.

Artemisa Téllez (Mexico City, 1979). Writer and workshop instructor. Master’s in Mexican Literature (UNAM). Creator and coordinator of 14 courses and literary workshops. Author of *Versos cautivos* (poetry, 2001), *Un encuentro y otros* (short story, 2005), *Cuerpo de mi soledad* (poetry, 2010), *Crema de vainilla* (novel, 2014) and *Fotografías instantáneas* (short story, 2015).

Dinapiera Di Donato was born in Upata, Venezuela (1957). She lives in New York where she has taught French and Spanish and studied for her doctorate at CUNY. She has studied in France and taught literature and creative writing in Venezuela. She is the author of *Noche con nieve y amantes* (1991), *La sonrisa de Bernardo Axtaga* (1995), *Libro de Rachid avenida Paul Doumer* (1996), *La sorda* (2011), *Colaterales/Collateral* (2013), *Contar Aristeguieta* (2013) and *Vitrales de Aristeguieta* (2014). Her work has received many prizes and has been included in numerous anthologies.

Elena Solís (Montevideo, 1968) is a Uruguayan writer and activist. She has published three collections of short stories, *Babosas y fósforos* (2004), *Entre las mantas* (2012) and *Yo quería ser Elena Solis* (2015) and a novel, *Neuronina*.

Mariana Docampo was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. She is a writer and has a degree in literature from the University of Buenos Aires. She has published the collections of short stories *Al borde del tapiz* (2001) and *La Fe* (2011), and the novels *El Molino* (2007) and *Tratado del Movimiento* (2014). She received the second National Arts Fund prize and was a finalist in the 2007 National Library prize. Some of her texts have been included in anthologies. She coordinates literary workshops and since 2011 has edited the collection “Las antiguas” (Buena Vista) dedicated to rescuing the work of the first Argentine women writers. She is the founder and organiser of Tango Queer Buenos Aires and co-directs the International Tango Queer Festival in the same city. She is the script writer of the film *Marilyn*, chosen for the 19° Laboratorio de Guiones de Oaxaca and winner of INCAA’s 2012 Directorial Debut prize.

Melissa Ghezzi (Lima, 1975) is a poet and architect. She has published the poetry collections *Universo de mujer* (2005), *Les Motiv…bitácora de una boda* (2007), *Danza para el olvido* (2013) and the graphic poetry book *Bendita eres* (2013). She was awarded an honourable mention in the Peruvian Nation Young Poets Prize in 2008 and *Danza para el olvido* won the 2012 Grand Prize at the Museo Rayo’s women’s poetry festival in Colombia. She has been published in various anthologies and is the co-editor of the anthology of South American lesbian writing *Voces para Lilith* (2011). She is studying a Master’s in Creative Writing as well as directing the Abriles Foundation and running a bio-construction firm.

Odette Alonso was born in Santiago de Cuba and has lived in Mexico since 1992. Her chapbook *Insomnios en la noche del espejo* was awarded the “Nicolás Guillen” International Poetry Prize in 1999. She is the author of the novel *Espejo de tres cuerpos* (2009), the short story collections *Con la boca abierta* (2006) and *Hotel Pánico* (2013) as well as 12 poetry collections, the most recent being *Bailando a oscuras* (2015). Her twenty years of poetic work has been collected in two anthologies: *Manuscrito hallado en alta mar* and *Bajo esa luna extraña*, both published in 2011. She edited the anthology of Cuban poetry in exile in 2011.

Paula Jiménez España is a poet, writer, psychologist and astrologist from Argentina. She has published numerous poetry collections, including *Ser feliz en Baltimore* (2001), *Forma* (2002), *La casa en la avenida* (2004), *La mala vida* (2007), *Ni jota* (2008), *Espacios virtuales* (2009) and *La vuelta* (2013). Her prose work includes *Pollera pantálon/Cuentos de género* (2012) *Las aventuras de Eva en el planeta* (2005) and *La calle de las alegrías* (2006). Her short short ‘Mariquita Sánchez’ won the second Hegoak prize for an LGBT short story in 2007.

Tilsa Otta Vildoso (Lima, 1982) has published the poetry collections *Mi niña veneno en el jardín de las baladas del recuerdo*, *Indivisible* and *Antimateria* (published in Perú, Argentina and México), as well as the book of short stories *Un ejemplar extraño*.
She has written film criticism, opinion pieces for newspapers and collaborated with the German blog Superdemokráticos. She studied film directing and photography and has participated in colective video exhibitions and film festivals. Currently she is studying a Master’s in Audiovisual creation in Madrid and working on a new poetry collection called *Canto particular*. She believes in the sun and the magic of love. www.tilsaotta.com

Reina Roffé was born in Buenos Aires and lives in Madrid. She is a novelist and essay writer. Her work includes the novels *Llamado al Puf*, *Monte de Venus*, *La rompiente*, *El cielo dividido*,*El otro amor de Federico* and the collection of short stories *Aves exóticas. Cinco cuentos con mujeres raras*. Amongst other essays she has published *Juan Rulfo: Autobiografía armada* and the book of interviews *Conversaciones americanas*. She is also the autor of *Juan Rulfo. Las mañas del zorro* and *Juan Rulfo. Biografía no autorizada*. She has received grants from Fulbright and Antorchas de Literatura and various literary prizes. Numerous European and American anthologies include her work and part of it has been translated to German, Italian, French and English.

Rosa María Roffiel was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1945. Her book *Amora*, published in 1989 and still circulating is considered the first lesbian-feminist novel in Mexico. She is also the author of *Corramos libres ahora*, a collection of poems and *El para siempre dura una noche*, a book of short stories.

Post-dictatorship Uruguay

Alicia Preza was born in Montevideo in 1981. She is the author of the poetry collection *El ojo de la lluvia*. She is the co-founder of the reading series La pluma azul. Five of her poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Andrea Durlacher was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1984. Her books include the poetry collection *Ni un segundo para arrepentirme*. Five of her poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Elisa Mastromatteo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1988. She is the author of *Tan simple como eso*. She is currently a student of psychology at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo. Five of her poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

El Hoski is the pseudonym of José Luis Gadea. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1988. He is literature teacher, a philosophy student, musician, poet and writer. His books include *Poemas de Amor*, *Hacia Ítaca* and, written under the heteronym Martín Uruguay Martínez, *Breve antología poética de Martín Uruguay Martínez*. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Francisco Tomsich was born in Rosario, Uruguay in 1981. He is a visual artist, musician and writer and is the co-author, along with Horacio Cavallo, of the poetry collection *Sonetos a dos*. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Horacio Cavallo was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1977. He is writer and poet, among his books are the poetry collections *Descendencia* and *Sonetos a dos*, co-authored with Francisco Tomsich. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Javier Etchevarren was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1979. He is the author of the book *Desidia*. His poems have appeared in the literary journals *Maldoror*, *Letra Nueva* and were included in the anthology *ME USA* published in Perú. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Juan Manuel Sánchez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1983. Currently, he is a student of letters and museology at the Universidad de La Republica. He also teaches literature classes, writes literary reviews for La Diaria and works at the Centro Cultural Castillo Pittamiglio. He is the author of *Para las focas*. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Leonardo Lesci was born in Rosario, Uruguay, in 1981. He currently lives in Colonia, Uruguay where he teaches literature. In 2010, he published his first poetry collection, *Genealogía del ocio.* His second, *River Plate*, was published in 2012. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Martín Cerisola was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1979. He is a poet, performer, essayist and teacher and the author of the poetry collection *Perseguir*. Five of his poems will appear in *América invertida: An Anthology of Younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Miguel Avero was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1984. He is studying to be a literature teacher. He is the author of a poetry collection *Arca de aserrín*. Five of his poems are included in *América invertida: an anthology of younger Uruguayan poets* which is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Mexican Speculative Fiction

Agustín Fest (Mexico City 1981) has been fascinated by literature and comics from a young age. He has published a collection of short stories, *No es tiempo de yacer al sol*, and has been included in two anthologies of apocalyptic stories *Así se acaba el mundo* and *Diarios del fin del mundo*. He currently writes a column for the cultural supplement of *La Jornada Aguascalientes*, has written for *Penthouse* and other magazines. His story ‘Lotófago’ won the National Short Story Prize “José Agustín” in 2012.

Alberto Chimal (1970) is a Mexican writer and literary professor. Amongst his many publications are the novels *La torre y el jardín* (2012) and *Los esclavos* (2009), the essay collections *La generación Z* (2012) and *La cámara de maravillas* (2003), and the short story collections *Gente del mundo* (1998), *Éstos son los días* (2004), *Grey* (2006), *El Viajero del Tiempo* (2011), *El último explorador* (2012), and *Siete* (2012) an anthology of his short fiction. He has won the short story prize, the Premio Bellas Artes de Cuento San Luis Potosí and currently is a member of the Mexican government’s national system of art creators (Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte). Alongside being a sought after literary professor – he has given conferences, led workshops and courses in Mexico, Canada and France – he is a prominent promoter and scholar of digital writing and literature of the imagination. His webpage is: www.lashistorias.com.mx.

Alejandro Badillo was born in Mexico City in 1977. He has published the short story collections *Ella sigue dormida*, *Tolvaneras*, *Vidas volátiles* and *La herrumbre y las huellas*. He is also the author of the novel *La mujer de los macacos*. His work has been included in numerous anthologies such as *Ni muertos ni extranjeros: el lector soy yo*, *El abismo*, *Así se acaba el mundo*, *Bella y brutal urbe. Narradores nacidos en la ciudad de México de 1970 a 1989*, *Alebrije de palabras. Escritores mexicanos en breve*. He writes for the magazine *Crítica*, publishes micro-fictions in blogs and electronic journals and currently runs creative writing workshops at the Universidad Iberoamericana-Puebla.

Arturo Vallejo is the author if the novel *No tengo tiempo* (Alfaguara, 2009) and the children’s book *Animales que ya no están* (El Arca, 2012). In 2008 he was awarded the Caza de Letras Prize by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and in 2007 he received the Miguel Covarrubias Prize for museography. In 2011 he was awarded an artistic residency in the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada. He is currently preparing his next book.

Bernardo Esquinca was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1972. He is the author of the novels *Belleza Roja* (2005), *Los escritores invisibles* (2009) and *La octava plaga* (2011), alongside two collections of short stories, *Los niños de paja* (2008) and *Demonia* (2012). He lives in the place which most inspires his stories: the historical centre of Mexico City.

Bernardo Fernández, Bef (Mexico City, 1972) is a writer, comic artist and graphic designer. He has published the novels *1974* (Flash, 2013), *Cuello Blanco* (Grijalbo, 2013), *Hielo negro* (Grijalbo, 2011), *Tiempo de alacranes* (Scorpion Times, 2005), *Gel azul* (Blue Gel, 2006), *Ladrón de sueños* (The Dream Thief, 2008) and *Ojos de lagarto* (Snake Eyes, 2009); the short-stories collections *¡¡Bzzzzzzt!! Ciudad interfase* (¡¡Bzzzzzzt!! Interface City, 1998) and *El llanto de los niños muertos* (The Crying of the Dead Children, 2008); the children’s books *Error de programación* (Programming Error, 1997), *Cuento de hadas para conejos* (Fairy Tales for Rabbits, 2007), *Groar* and *Soy el robot* (I Am the Robot, 2010); and the graphic novels *Pulpo comics* (Octopus Comics, 2004), *Monorama* (2007) and *Monorama 2* (2009). He has been included in numerous anthologies of science fiction and detective writing and has won various literary prizes. He can be found online at http://monorama.blogspot.co.uk/

Cecilia Eudave is a writer and essayist. She has published the short story collections *Técnicamente humanos* (1996), *Invenciones Enfermas* (1997) *Registro de Imposibles* (2000, 2006), and the novel *Bestiaria vida* (2008), which won the Juan García Ponce prize for fiction. She also writes fiction for young adults and children’s stories, including *La criatura del espejo* (2007) and *El enigma de la esfera* (2008). Her work has been included in various anthologies and both national and international literary magazines. Her most recent books are the short story collection *Técnicamente humanos y otras historias extraviadas* (2010), the children’s story, *Papá oso* (2010), the novel *Pesadillas al mediodía* (2010) and *Para viajeros Improbables* (microfiction, 2011). Latino Literacy Now gave her collection of essays, *Sobre lo fantástico mexicano* (2009), an honorary mention in its 12th Annual International Book Awards 2010, and in 2011 *Técnicamente humanos y otras historias extraviadas* received an honorary mention in the category for the best collection of short stories. Her work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Czech and Portuguese.

Carmen Rioja (Monterrey, 1975) is an artist, conservationist and writer. She has published poetry, short stories and art criticism in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her story ‘The Nahual Offering’ appeared in the recent anthology of Mexican fantastic literature, *Three Message and a Warning* (Small Beer Press), which brings together prominent Mexican writers. She is the author of the collection of short stories, *La Muerte de Niña* (Ediciones el hechicero, 2002); her story ‘La Casa de Chayo’ was made into a short film by Giuseppe Solano, winning an IMCINE prize in 2009. She has been a columnist for the newspapers *El Corregidor* and *Querétaro*. She runs literary workshops and courses and currently is the director of the San Miguel de Allende’s International Writers Festival.

Édgar Adrián Mora was born in Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla in 1976. He has a degree in Communication and a Master’s in Latin American Studies from the UNAM. He teaches literature and Latin American history at both university and high school level and worked as an editor on *Nostromo: Revista crítica latinoamericana*. He has published his work in diverse electronic and print media and has won various literary prizes. His published books include *Memoria del polvo* (México, UACM, 2005), *Claves para comprender América Latina* (México, Lazo Latino/Unión Radio, 2007), *Agua* (México, Tártaro, 2011) and *Raza de víctimas* (Madrid, VozEd Editorial, 2012).

Édgar Omar Avilés (Morelia, Michoacán, 1980) has a Master’s in the Philosophy of Culture (UMSNH), a degree in Communication (UAM) and a diploma from the School of Writers (SOGEM). He is the author of four collections of short stories: *Cabalgata en Duermevela* (Tierra Adentro, 2011), *Luna Cinema* (Tierra Adentro, 2010), *Embrujadero* (Secretaría de Cultura de Michoacán, 2010) and *La Noche es Luz de un Sol Negro* (Ficticia, 2007). He is also the author of a novel, *Guiichi* (Progreso, 2008), an essay *La VALÍStica de la Realidad* (Secretaría de Cultura de Michoacán, 2012) and has edited the anthologies, *Antes de que las letras se conviertan en arañas* (Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura, 2006) and *Bella y Brutal Urbe* (Resistencia, 2013). He has been included in many anthologies, including *Los Mejores Cuento Mexicanos* (Ed. Joaquín Mortiz), and has won numerous literary prizes.

Erika Mergruen (Mexico City, 1967). She has published the poetry collections *Marverde* (1998), *El Osario* (2001) and *El sueño de las larvas* (2006); the short story collections *Las reglas del juego* (2001) and *La piel dorada y otros animalitos* (2010); and a collection of microfictions *El ultimo espejo* (2013). She has been included in numerous anthologies and has translated the *Danza Macabra del Cementerio de los Inocentes* (2007) and a modern version of *Dança General* (2009). She won the DEMAC Prize for Mexican Women’s Autobiographical writing for her book *La ventana, el recuerdo como relato* (2002).

Gabriela Damián Miravete (Mexico City, 1979) is a writer, editor, scriptwriter, and radio presenter; hosting Ecléctico’s Sensacional de libros on Código DF. She has won the FILIJ Prize for the best children’s short story and was awarded a Young Creators (Jovenes Creadores) scholarship. Together with other Mexican writers, she participated in the anthology *Three Messages and a Warning. Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic* (Small Beer Press, 2012), which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. She is interested in books for children and young adults, recovering forgotten women writers, and cats.

Gabriela Fonseca (Mexico City, 1966) is a writer and journalist. She has a degree in Communication Science from the Iberamerican University and begun her career in Germany as the European correspondent for *La Jornada*, where she currently works as the International Politics Editor. Her first novel *Peso Muerto* (2005) was chosen as part of Guadalajara International Book Fair’s literary salon in 2007; her short story collection *Los Diablos de Teresa* has won national literary prizes. Her next novel *Secretos del Mar y la Muerte* will be published electronically this year; as will another novel, *Ya no hay retratos de ti*.

Gerardo Piña (Mexico City, 1975) is a Mexican writer. He has a degree in Hispanic language and literature from the UNAM and a doctorate in English literature from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. He has taught literature and creative writing in universities in the UK, Canada and Mexico. Amongst his publications are *Los perros del hombre* (2012), *La novela comienza* (2011) and *La última partida* (2008). He has written for numerous journals and magazines, including *La Jornada Semanal*, *Laberinto*, *Voices of Mexico*, *Punto de partida*, *La Tempestad* and *Casa del tiempo*. Currently he is a lecturer at the Autonomous University of Baja California.

Gerardo Sifuentes (Tampico, 1974) is a writer and journalist. He has published two short-story collections, *Perro de luz* (1999) and *Pilotos Infernales* (2002), and has been included in numerous anthologies: *Sólo cuento vol 1* (Dirección de Literatura UNAM, 2009), *Negras Intenciones* (Jus, 2009), *Los mejores cuentos mexicanos 2003* (Planeta, 2004), *El hombre en las dos puertas: un tributo de la ciencia ficción mexicana a Philip K. Dick* (Lectorum, 2002). He has won many literary prizes for science fiction. He was co-editor of the cyberpunk fanzine *Fractal* (1995-1997) and currently he is the editorial coordinator for the magazine *Muy interesante México*, which specialises in science and history journalism. He lives in Mexico City and can be found online @sifuentes www.gesifuentes.blogspot.mx  www.gerardosifuentes.tumblr.com   

Ignacio Padilla (Mexico City, 1968) is one of the most famous contemporary Mexican novelists and short story writer. Founder of the Crack Movement alongside with fellow Mexican writers Eloy Urroz, Jorge Volpi, and Pedro Angel Palou, he has won numerous literary prizes for his fiction, short stories and essays.

José Luis Zárate (Puebla, 1966) is one of the most famous and respected Mexican writers working in Speculative Fiction. His work includes novels, short stories, essays and poetry. He is considered part of a reformist movement in Mexican literature, began at the end of the twentieth century, which moves away from nationalism towards more universal themes. He is one of the founding members of Mexican Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy and is one of the pioneers in Mexico of electronic publication: his twitter account, @joseluiszarate, daily publishes nano-stories. A winner of numerous national and international literary prizes, some of his works include:  *El tamaño del Crimen* (published electronically at sigueleyendo.es, 2012); *Three Messages and a Warning* (2012); *Le Pettis Chaperons* (2010); *La máscara del héroe* (2009); *La ruta del hielo y la sal* (1998); *Xanto, Novelucha Libre* (1994). You can read more on his blog, Cuenta Atrás: http://zarate.blogspot.co.uk/

Karen Chacek in an inhabitant of parallel universes and story-worlds. She has published short stories, travel and children’s books and has won all the literary prizes she has never entered. A freelancer by vocation, she earns her living doing what she loves the most: creating stories. She loves long walks in public parks, cloudy skies, insects, cats, flowers and underground passages.

Rafael Villegas (Tepic, Mexico; 1981) is a writer and historian. His most recent publication is the illustrated book *Juan Peregrino no salva al mundo*, co-authored with Diana Martín. He published his first book in 2004, *Galería Prosaica presenta*. Other works include *La virgen seducida*, *Video Ergo Zoom*, *Nada* and *Duelo*; his short stories have also been included in the anthologies, *Los viajeros: 25 años de ciencia ficción mexicana* and *El abismo: Asomos al terror hecho en México*. He has won various literary prizes and currently teaches at the University of Guadalajara whilst working on his thesis on the representation of the past in the graphic novel for the doctorate in historiography at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City.

Raquel Castro (Mexico City, 1976) is a writer, scriptwriter, professor and cultural promoter. In 2012 she won the Gran Angular Prize for young-adult literature, and as part of the production team for the programme Diálogos en confianza; she has won the National Journalism Prize twice. She is the author of the novels *Ojos llenos de sombra* (SM/CONACULTA, 2012) and *Lejos de casa* (El Arca Editorial, 2013). She has a weekly column about children and young adult fiction in *La Jornada Aguascalientes*. She can be found online at www.raxxie.com.

Ruy Feben (Mexico City, 1982) has a degree in Communication from the Ibero-American University. His short stories have been published in literary magazines such as *Guardagujas* and *Parteaguas*, the anthology *¡Sensacional de grumetes! El agua* (Nostromo). His articles, crónicas and interviews have been published in magazines such as *Chilango, GQ México, Esquire, Illogical Questions, Vozed and Domingo*. He has also participated and presented his work at numerous literary events across Mexico. *Cancerbero* (2010), his first book of microfictions, was published online. Currently he writes the columns “The secret life of plants” (illogicalquestions.org) and “Sketches of insomnia” (letroactivos.com). His collection of short stories, *Vórtices viles*, won the national short story prize, the Premio Nacional de Cuento Joven Comala, in 2012.

Yussel Dardón (Puebla, 1982) is the author of *Motel Bates* (Julio Torri National Short Story Prize 2012) and the hybrid narrative *Reporte Barrymore*. He was included in the anthology *Three Messages and a Warning. Contemporary Mexican Stories of the Fantastic* (Small Beer Press), as well as the spring 2010 edition of the bilingual publication *Río Grande Review*, from the University of El Paso, Texas. He has won numerous literary grants and currently works on the online edition of the magazine *Crítica* as well as many other journalism projects. www.twitter.com/ydardon

Palabras Errantes in Nueva York

Alexis Iparraguirre is a 38-year-old Peruvian writer and literary critic. In 2004, he was awarded the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru’s National Prize for Fiction for his short story collection *El Inventario de las Naves* (Inventory of Ships). Several of his short stories have been included in Peruvian anthologies and in the online publication *El futuro no es nuestro* (The Future Is Not Ours), devoted to young Latin American short story writers. In addition, he has spoken at various short stories, novel and poetry launch events. At present, he is a GSAS scholar in Creative Writing in the Spanish MFA program at NYU and is also writing a new collection of short stories provisionally entitled *Aquí, en la Tierra* (On Earth).

Edgardo Núñez Caballero received a BA in comparative literature from University of Puerto Rico, an MA in Latin American literature from Universidad de Salamanca, and an MFA in poetry from NYU. He is the author of *Esa arena que caía en los relojes* (2002) and *Paisaje con fieras* (Ediciones Callejón, 2013) In addition, he has translated work from French and English into Spanish. He lives in New York City since 2010.

Enrique Winter (Santiago, Chile, 1982) is the author of *Guía de despacho* (2010; winner of the National Young Poet Competition), *Rascacielos* (Mexico, 2008, Buenos Aires, 2011; winner of the National Book Council fellowship), and *Atar las naves* (2003; winner of the Víctor Jara Arts Festival). In addition, he co-authored the anthology *Decepciones* by Philip Larkin (2013), and the album *Agua en polvo* (2012; winner of the Fund for the Promotion of Chilean Music). His poems have been translated into English, German, Portuguese and Polish have appeared in nearly a hundred different anthologies and magazines. He is an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU and was the editor of Ediciones del Temple while working as a lawyer.

Ernesto Estrella is a poet, musician, and educator born in Granada, Spain who has lived in New York since 2000. He obtained his Ph. D. at Columbia University and between 2007 and 2011 he was Assistant Professor of Hispanic Poetry at Yale University’s Spanish and Portuguese department. His articles have appeared in prestigious international journals and his book *Espacio, poema en prosa de Juan Ramón Jiménez. Centro de una metamorfosis poética* recently came out in print. As a musician, his work concentrates on the voice’s exploration of sound, rhythm and word. Along this line, he has created a wide array of pieces, which have been presented in his poetic performances at international festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Austria, Germany, Russia, Finland, Latvia and the U.S. Some of these voice performances include: *Out of the Word, into the Sound* (available on CD), *Opening the Poem*, and *On No Work of Words*. As a poet, Ernesto has been included in anthologies such as *Cuadernos del abismo* (2008) and *El tejedor en… Nueva York* (2011). His multimedia book *Achronos*, a collaboration with photographer Nyssos Vasilopoulos, appeared as part of CUNY’s Virtual Poetry Project, and his book *Boca de Prosas* (Prosemouths), a hybrid of prose poems and micro-fiction, is currently being translated into English. Fragments of his experimental long poem *Escuela de tu nombre* (School of your Name), have already appeared in poetry journals, and he is currently working on a short novel entitled *Children of Thoreau*. Since the spring of 2012, he has turned to Berlin as a second base for his artistic and academic endeavours.

Evgueni Bezzubikoff Diaz was born in Huancayo, Perú in 1978. His “poetry is a mixture of awe over our ethereal and inscrutable existence, and postmodern irony that reflects upon our most visceral human experiences. Through the use of testimonial and direct language, following the tradition of Latin American colloquialism (Cardenal, Cisneros, Pacheco), he builds a universe in which the reader can find himself equally enchanted” (Miguel Ildefonso). He has lived in New York since 2001.

Ezequiel Zaidenwerg (Buenos Aires, 1981) is a poet and translator. He has a bachelor’s degree in Classical Philology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and has published two books of poetry: *Doxa* (Vox, Argentina, 2007) and *La lírica está muerta* (Vox, Argentina, 2011). Since 2005, he has maintained a blog on poetry translation, http://zaidenwerg.blogspot.com. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.

Felipe Martínez Pinzón (Bogotá, Colombia, 1980) PhD in Latin American literature (NYU). He is currently Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). His poems have appeared in magazines such as *Revista de la Biblioteca de México*, *El Perro*, *Imanhattan* and *Coroto*, among others. He has been included in the anthologies *El amplio jardín: poesía joven de Colombia y Uruguay* (Uruguay, 2005), *Doce poetas colombianos* (1970-1981) (México, 2007), *Poetas bogotanos* (Bogotá, 2008) and *Antología de poesía contemporánea México-Colombia* (México, 2011). In 2006, a first book of poems, *Sólo queda gritar* (Común Presencia 2006), was published under his name. More recently, in 2009, with the collaboration of Venezuelan artist Claudia Blanco, he published *La vida a quemarropa* (Fundación Artes es Colombia 2009). He has also written essays and articles on Latin American Literature and Culture.

Gema Santamaría (1979. Managua, Nicaragua) is the author of three poetry books: *Piel de Poesía* (Managua-México, 400 Elefantes-Opción, 2002), *Antídoto para una mujer trágica* (México, Mezcalero Brothers, 2007) and *Transversa* (México, Proyecto Literal, 2009). Her work has been included in various anthologies, including *Mujeres de Sol y Luna/Poetas Nicaragüenses* (Managua, 2007), *Al Filo del Gozo: Antología de Poesía Erótica* (Guadalajara, Editorial Viento al Hombro, 2008) and more recently *El Tejedor en Nueva York* (España-Nueva York, Lupi Editores, 2011), and *Barcos sobre el agua natal. Antología de poesía hispanoamericana para el siglo XXI* (España-México, Edición Leteo y Proyecto Literal, 2012). A selection of her work was translated into English and included in the anthology *Hallucinated Horse* (Londres, 2012). She is a member of the Nicaraguan Association for Women Writers (ANIDE, by its Spanish acronym). She is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. She received her B.A. in International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM). She holds a Master’s in Sociology from the New School and a Masters in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Chevening Scholar.

Gloria Esquivel Poet, writer and translator. Born in Bogotá, she has been living in New York for the past two years where she is studying the M.F.A in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU. Her poems have been published in the UNAM’s *Periódico de Poesía* and NYU’s *Revista Imanhattan*. Her prose has been included as a part of the Colombian artist Daniel Salamanca’s exhibition, Itinerancias. She has also worked as a cultural journalist and blogger.

Isabel Cadenas Cañón’s book *Irse* (Vitruvio, 2010) won the III Caja de Guadalajara-Fundación Siglo Futuro Award for young poets. In 2010, she was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to represent Spain at Book Expo America. She is the co-anthologist of *El tejedor: New Iberoamerican Poetry in New York* (LUPI, 2011). She has translated C.D. Wright’s poetry into Spanish (with Valerie Mejer), Circe Maia’s into French (with Étienne Dobenesque) and Raúl Zurita’s into Basque. Her poems and translations have appeared reviews such as *Brooklyn Rail* and *Mandorla*. She has performed her poetry in places ranging from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to the recently departed Bowery Poetry Club. Her photographic work has been showcased in galleries in Spain and the United States. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Most importantly, she holds the title of “Insigne Vaivodesa” from the Long-lived Institute of Higher Pataphysical Studies of Buenos Aires (LIAEPBA). She lives in Brooklyn, of course.

Javier Peñalosa (Mexico, 1981) writes poetry, children’s books, screenplays and things. Currently he’s a teaching artist at T&W collaborative.

Lissi Sánchez is a Spanish author and artist whose books involve performative ritual, poetry-action and experimental writing. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish and a BFA in Film, both from NYU. Her text is sometimes linked to video and art installations, which she has exposed in a number of group shows in Spain. Her first book, *El Sapo Blanco*, will be published by an independent editorial house in NYC in 2013.

Manuel Fihman is a Venezuelan poet and translator. His work has been published in Venezuela, Spain, Mexico and the United States. He is the author of *Caballos hebreos* (Caracas: Eclepsidra, 2012).

Marina Perezagua has a degree in Art History from the University of Seville and a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she taught language, literature, history and Spanish American cinema. After a long stay in France working at the Cervantes Institute in Lyon, Perezagua moved to New York, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at New York University and preparing for the publication of her second book in May: *Leche*, with a prologue by Ray Loriga and illustrations by the acclaimed American painter Walton Ford. Her first book, *Criaturas Abisales*, was published in Barcelona in May 2011 by Los libros del Lince and she has also had work appear in various literary journals, including *Renacimiento*, *Sibila* and *Carátula*.

Marta del Pozo Ortea is a literary critic, poet and translator. She obtained her PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She won the prize for best young poet by the Fundación Jorge Guillén, Spain, with her book of poems *La memoria del pez* (2008), and her book of poems *Deus ex Machina* is forthcoming next year in Spain. Together with Nick Rattner, she has translated into English *Viento de Fuego / FireWind*, by the Peruvian Poet Yvan Yauri (Ugly Duckling Presse, NY) and *La Caída del Equilibrista / The Fall of the tight ropewalker*, by Czar Gutiérrez. She has also translated into Spanish the book of poems *Resonance/ Resonancia*, by the American poet Richard Jackson and together with the Argentinian poet Aníbal Cristobo, *The Beauty of the Weapons/ La Belleza de las armas*, by Robert Bringhurst, which is forthcoming at the end of the year in Barcelona, Spain. Marta is currently teaching Spanish and conducting an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University.

Nuria Mendoza was born in Huelva, Spain. She worked as a Paediatrician in Spain, studied an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish in NYU and is currently working and writing in New York.

Soledad Marambio is a Chilean poet living in Brooklyn, New York. Before doing an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University, she was a writer and reporter in Santiago. Her poetry has been published in *Granta* online and the anthologies *Temporales* and *El Tejedor*. Currently, she works as an editor at Brutas Editoras. Her first full-length collection of poems will be published in 2013 in Chile.

Urayoán Noel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1976; he has lived in or around New York City since 1999. His books of (largely bilingual or translingual) poetry include *Kool Logic / La lógica kool* (2005), Boringkén (2008), *Hi-Density Politics* (2010), and, most recently, *Los días porosos* (2012). Also a critic, performer, and translator, he was recently a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College), where he completed a book manuscript on Nuyorican poetry from the 1960s to the present. His current projects include a book of smartphone performance poems and a book of translations of the Chilean poet Pablo de Rokha. A contributing editor of *Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas*, Noel teaches literature and creative writing at the State University of New York, Albany.

Yarisa Colón Torres is a poet and passionate about art; she runs workshops making handmade books. Her exploration of the art of bookmaking has led her to publish works such as: *Silencios, serie de libros acordeón* (2011), *Enredadera y colmillo* (2010), *Caja de voces* (with Waleska Rivera, 2007) and *¿Entrelínea o secuestro?* (translated into French by Yarín Medina Gil, 2007). Recently her collection *Sin cabeza* was published by Atarraya Cartonera. Her blog can be found at: http://espacioasiray.blogspot.co.uk/

Voices from the Venezuelan City

Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Caracas, 1960) is a writer and scriptwriter. He has a degree in Literature from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has published novels, short stories, poetry, and journalism; writing in numerous Venezuelan and international publications. With Cristina Marcano he has written a biography of Hugo Chávez. His work has been translated into various languages and he has won the Herralde Prize (2006) and the prize for the best novel written in a foreign language in China (2007).

Ana Garcia Julio (Caracas, 1981) is a writer and journalist. She graduated from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello with a degree in Social Communications in 2003 and has published a collection of short stories *Cancelado por lluvia* which won the Monte Ávila Prize for Unpublished Authors in 2005. ‘The Incident’ is as of yet an unpublished text.

Carolina Lozada has a degree in Literature from the Universidad de los Andes, Mérida–Venezuela. Published writing includes *Los Cuentos de Natalia* (Natalia’s stories, 2010), *Memorias de Azotea* (Memories of a Roof Terrace, 2007), *Historias de mujeres y ciudades* (Stories of Women and Cities, 2007). She has a book of semi-autobiographical literary texts, *La vida de los mismos* (The lives of the Same). Lozada is part of the editorial team of the Latin American digital magazine *Las malas juntas* (The bad buddies). Along with Luis Moreno Villamediana, she administers the blog of literary reviews *500 ejemplares* (500 editions) (500ejemplares.wordpress.com) and writes her own blog *Tejados sin gatos* (Roofs Without Cats) (www.tejadossingatos.blogspot.com). Her stories have been translated into English and Polish.

Dayana Fraile (Puerto La Cruz, 1985) received her undergraduate degree in Literature from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Between 2007 and 2011 she worked at Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana. Her book of short stories *Granizo*, which includes ‘The One About Dove’, was the winner of the first Julián Padrón Biennial of Literature and was published in 2011.

Enza García (Puerto la Cruz, 1987) is the author of *Cállate poco a poco* (2008), *El bosque de los abedules* (2010) and *Plegarias para un zorro* (2012). She is currently working on a short story collection, *El colgado*, and a book of poetry, *El sultán y la barbarie*.

Federico Vegas (Caracas, 1950) has publicado books on the subject of architecture: *El Continente de Papel* (1984), *Pueblos. Venezuela 1979-1984* (1986), *Venezuelan Vernacular* (1985), and *La Vega, una casa colonial* (1988). In the 1990s he began to publish short stories in the collections: *El borrador* (1996), *Amores y Castigos* (1998), *Los traumatólogos de Kosovo* (2002), *La Carpa y otros cuentos* (2009), *Los peores de la clase* (2011). He has published six novels: *Prima lejana* (1999), *Falke* (2005), *Historia de una segunda vez* (2006), *Miedo, pudor y deleite* (2008), *Sumario* (2010) and *Los Incurables* (2012). His journalism articles and essays were collectively published in *La ciudad sin lengua* (2001) and *La ciudad y el deseo* (2007).

Gabriel Payares (Londres, 1982) has a degree in literature from Universidad Central of Venezuela and a master’s in Latin American literature from the Universidad Simón Bolívar. He won the Monte Ávila Prize for unpublished authors in 2008 for his short story collection *Cuando bajaron las aguas* (Monte Ávila Editores, 2009). His texts have been included in the anthology *Tiempos de ciudad* (Fundación para la Cultura Urbana, 2010) and *Nuevas rutas. Jóvenes escritores latinoamericanos* (Coedición Latinoamericana, 2010). In 2011 his story ‘Sudestada’ was awarded the 5th Policlínica Metropolitana Prize for young authors and El Nacional’s 66º Short Story Competition for ‘Nagasaki (en el corazón)’. Both stories belong to his collection *Hotel*, shortly to be published by Punto Cero.

Gisela Kozak Rovero (Caracas, 1963) is a lecturer at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she teaches literature and cultural politics. She has a doctorate in Literature from the Universidad Simón Bolívar. Her current research looks at cultural politics and the Bolivarian revolution. She has published the novels *Latidos de Caracas* (Alfaguara, 2006), *Todas las lunas* (Equinoccio, 2011); the short-story collections *Pecados de la capital y otras historias* (Monte Ávila, 2005), *En rojo* (Alfa, 2011); and the books *Rebelión en el Caribe Hispánico* (1993), *La catástrofe imaginada* (1998) and *Venezuela, el país que siempre nace* (2007). Her book of essays *Literatura asediada: revoluciones políticas, culturales y sociales* will be published shortly.

Gustavo Valle (Caracas, 1967) lives in Buenos Aires. He has published two poetry collections, *Materia de otro mundo* and *Ciudad imaginaria*, and a book of short stories, *La paradoja de Itaca*. With his novel *Bajo tierra* he won the Adriano González León Biennial Novel Prize in 2008 and the National Critics’ Prize in 2009. Palabras Errantes presents the first two chapters from this novel, translated as Underground.

Héctor Torres (Caracas, 1968) is a writer and literary promoter. He is the author of the short story collections *El amor en tres platos* (2007) and *El regalo de Pandora* (2011), the novel *La huella del bisonte* (2008) – which was a finalist in the Bienal Adriano González León 2006 – and the book of crónicas *Caracas muerde* (PuntoCero, 2012). He is the founder and ex-editor of the website www.ficcionbreve.org and the creator of the Premio de la Crítica a la Novela del Año (in Venezuela), organized by Ficción Breve Venezolana. His website is www.hectorres.net

Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez (Barquisimeto, 1967) has written novels including *Tal vez la lluvia*; *Una tarde con campanas*; *Árbol de Luna* and *El Libro de Esther*. He has also published several collections of short stories, including *Tan nítido en el recuerdo*, and *La ciudad de arena*. ‘A Brief Treatise on Coughing’ is taken from *Hasta luego, Mister Salinger* (Páginas de espuma, 2008). He is currently based in Madrid.

Krina Ber de Da Costa Gomes was born in Poland in 1948. She grew up in Israel, studied in Lausanne and got married in Portugal before moving to Cararas in 1975. An architect, she also has a Master’s in Comparative Literature. She began writing in Spanish in 2000 and has published the short story collections *Cuentos con Agujeros* (Monte Ávila Editores, 2005), *Para no perder el hilo* (Literatura Mondadori, 2009) and the academic work *El espacio en la ficción de dos obras contemporáneas: El jinete polaco, de Antonio Muñoz Molina y Agua quemada de Carlos Fuentes*. She has won various literary prizes and her stories have been included in several anthologies of contemporary Venezuelan literature.

Leila Macor (Caracas, 1971) has a degree in literature from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica de Uruguay. She was a columnist for the Uruguayan newspaper *El Observador*, writes for the Venezuelan cultural magazine Prodavinci.com and works as a correspondent for the news agency AFP in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book of humorous articles *Lamentablemente estamos bien* (Random House Mondadori, Montevideo, 2008) and *Nosotros los impostores* (Ediciones Puntocero, Caracas, 2012). In 2007 ‘El collar de cuentas’ won the Neoana foundation’s short story rpize.

Marianne Díaz Hernández (Altagracia de Orituco, Guárico, 1985) studied law at the University of Carabobo. She has published *Cuentos en el espejo* (2008), which won the Monte Ávila Prize for unpublished authors, and *Aviones de papel* (2011). Her work has been included in the collection *Quince que cuentan* (Fundación para la Cultura Urbana, 2008), and the anthology of Venezuelan narrative *Zgodbe iz Venezuele* published in Slovenia (Sodobnost, 2009). She coordinated the literary and cultural society Torre de Ficciones and directed the online magazine *Ficcionaria*. She can be found online at www.mariannediaz.com.

Mario Morenza (Caracas, 1982) is a laborer of literature. He has published two story novels. In 2007, *La senda de los diálogos perdidos* was awarded the second National University Prize for Literature, under the category of narrative. *Pasillos de mi memoria ajena* was finalist of the Monte Ávila Prize for Unpublished Authors in 2008. ‘For Sale’ is taken from *La senda de los diálogos perdidos*.

Miguel Hidalgo Prince (Caracas, 1984) has a degree in Literature from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 2012 he published the short story collection *Todas las batallas perdidas* (Bid & Co). He has received honourable mention in various short story competitions in Venezuela. He lives in Sanare, in the state of Lara.

Oscar Marcano (La Guaira, Venezuela, 1958) studied Social Communication in the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Literature in the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He is the author of *Inecuaciones* (Desencuentro Editores, 1984), *Sonata para un avestruz* (Profile, 1988), *Cuartel de invierno* (Fundarte 1994, Alfaguara 2009), *Sólo quiero que amanezca* (Seix Barral, 2002, Punto Cero, 2012), *Puntos de sutura* (Seix Barral, 2007). In 1999 he won the Jorge Luis Borges International Prize.

Raquel Rivas Rojas is a Venezuelan writer, translator and blogger. She has a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies from King’s College London. She has published *Bulla y buchiplumeo. Masificación cultural y recepción letrada en la Venezuela Gomecista* (Caracas: La Nave Va, 2002) and *Narrar en dictadura* (Caracas: El Perro y la Rana, 2011). Her first collection of short stories *El patio del vecino* (Equinoccio, 2013) has just been published in Caracas. She currently lives in Edinburgh and has two blogs: Notas para Eliza and Cuentos de la Caldera Este.

Rodrigo Blanco (Caracas, 1981) has a degree and master’s in literature from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and is a lecturer in literary theory in the same university. He has published the short story collections *Una larga fila de hombres* (Monte Avila, 2005), *Los invencibles* (Mondadori, 2007) and *Las rayas* (Biblioteca Mexiquense, 2011/ Punto Cero, 2011). He has won various literary prizes: the Monte Ávila prize for unpublished authors in 2005; El Nacional’s 61st Annual Short Story Prize; and second place in the short story category of the Literary Prize Sor Juanes Inés de la Cruz Bicentenary in Mexico (2010). In 2007 he was chosen as one of the Bogotá 39. In 2011 he founded the publishing house Lugar Común.

Sonia Chocrón (Caracas, 1961) is a writer, poet and scriptwriter. Her writing and her film and televisión scripts have won prizes both in Venezuela and internationally. In 1988 she was invited by Gabriel García Márquez to found the Escritorio Cinematográfico Gabriel García Márquez. She has published the poetry collections: *Mary Poppins y otros poemas* (2012), *Poesía Re-unida* (2010), *La buena Hora* (2002), *Púrpura* (1998) and *Toledana* (1992); the short story collections *La virgen del baño turco y otros cuentos falaces* (2008), *Falsas Apariencias* (2004) and the novel *Las Mujeres de Houdini* (2012).

Contemporary Argentine Poetry

Adriana Kogan was born 28 years ago in Buenos Aires. She recently graduated in Literature from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she taught Brazilian Literature. For the last few years she has worked as a proofreader. She also writes poetry, publishing *Donde estaban sentadas las bases hay un millón de ciervos* (Pájarosló, 2007), *Las cosas, los patos* (Zorra, 2009), *Caja abierta/Caja cerrada* (Color Pastel, 2010), and has participated in various anthologies.

Alejandro Rubio was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He has published, alongside other poetry collections and narrative: *Música mala* (1997), *Metal pesado* (1999), *Prosas cortas* (2003), *Diario* (2009), *La garchofa Esmeralda* (2010). His work has been translated into English, Portuguese and Slovenian. He writes for the magazine *Los Inrockuptibles* and contributed to the *Diario de Poesía* from 1993 to 2003. The poems featured in Palabras Errantes come from his collection *Sobrantes* (2008).

Carolina Massola was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, where she currently lives. After studying French in the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and literature in the National University in Buenos Aires she began working as a translator and poet. In 2009 she published the poetry collection *Estado de gracia* (Ediciones del Copista). She has worked in various publications in Argentina and Spain including *Eripio*, *Poesía Circulante* and *El Alambique*. Currently she is studying French literary-technical and scientific translation, whilst working as an editor and poet.

Cecilia Maugeri was born in Buenos Aires in 1984. She has a degree in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires, where she is a professor. Since 2007 she has formed part of Siempre de Viaje, Literatura en Progreso, running literature workshops. In 2009 she published her first poetry collection *malapalabra* (Viajera editorial) and in 2011 she published the bilingual collection *visitante/the visitor* (Bífida).

Claudia Masin was born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina in 1972. She is a psychoanalyst and writer. She has published the poetry collections *Bizarría* (1997), *Geología* (2001; republished in 2011), *La vista* (2002), which won the Casa de América prize in 2001, *El secreto* (antología 1997-2007) (2007) *Abrigo* (2007), *La plenitude* (2010) and *El verano* (2010). She has co-directed the publishing labels “Abeja Reina” and “Curandera”, runs writing workshops and has coordinated cycles of poetry, music and image.

Emiliano Bustos (Buenos Aires, 1972) is a poet y cartoonist. He has published *Trizas al cielo* (1997), *Falada* (2001), *56 poemas* (2005), *Cheetah* (2007), *Gotas de crítica común* (2011). His poems have been published in www.revistazunai.com (Brazil) and www.elinterpretador.net  (Argentina). He has published articles on contemporary Argentine poetry, has participated in poetry festivals and collective art shows.

Florencia Walfisch was born in Buenos Aires in 1970. She is a writer and artist. Her artistic work has been exhibited in both individual and collective exhibitions, galleries and interdisciplinary projects; whilst her poetry has been presented in numerous readings and encounters. At present, alongside her writing, she is working on an artistic project using textiles.

Gabriel Cortiñas (Buenos Aires, 1983) published the collection *Brazadas* (ed. Huesos de jibia) in 2007 and won the international poetry prize “Margarita Hierro” for his book *Hospital de campaña* (ed. FPJH) in 2011. He is part of “Contraband”, a poetry trafficking project, which can be found at www.laliteraturadelpobre.wordpress.com

Jonás Gómez was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. In 2009 he won the Indio Rico Prize for his book *Equilibrio en las tablas* (Editorial Mansalva) and in 2010 he published *El dios de los esquimales* (Ediciones Diatriba). He works in the bookshop Crack Up, which also has its own publishing house and delivers cultural workshops. He has collaborated with the Latin American Poetic Union Project, found online at www.plupblog.com.ar, publishing the booklet *Zorzales en Munro*.

Karina Macció was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. She has published *Diario de la Transformación*, *La Pérdida o La Perdida*, *Impresas en rojo*, *Lestrygonia*, *Ferina* and *Pupilas estrelladas*. She has a degree from the University of Buenos Aires, where she teaches semiology and creative writing. In 2005 she created the literary project Siempre de Viaje Literatura en progreso. In 2008 she founded the publishing house Viajera Editorial, which publishes contemporary Argentine writers.

Laura Petrecca was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied film. She has published the poetry collections *Pensó que ya lo sabía* (Buenos Aires: Ed. Huesos de Jibia, 2008) and *Los Barcos Vuelven* (Montevideo: Ed. La propia cartonera, 2010) as well as other texts and translations in Mexico and France.

Luciana Caamaño was born in Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires) in 1984. She has published numerous poetry collections, including *querida: ahora te llamas muchacho* and *Susie q* (2009), *desatinada: soberana del mambo* (ñasaindy cartonera, Formosa, 2010), *no le digas que murió chabrol* (sypral jetty, Buenos Aires, 2011) and *los grados del escándalo* (sacate el saquito, Mar del Plata, 2011). In 2008 her collection *tres* (dársena3, aguaviva) won the municipal literature prize “Osvaldo Soriano” in Mar del Plata. Some of her poems have appeared in the anthology of contemporary poetry *peligro inflammable* (folio ediciones). Currently she directs the publishing house sacate el saquito.

Mariano Blatt was born in Buenos Aires in 1983. He is a poet and editor. He has published the poetry collections *Increíble* (El niño Stanton, 2007); *El Pibe de Oro* (Colección Chapita, 2009); *Pasabobos* (Cartonerita Solar, 2010); *Nada a cambio* (Belleza y Felicidad, 2011) and *No existís* (Determinado Rumor, 2011).

Martín Palacio Gamboa (1977, Montevideo, Uruguay) is a poet, professor of literature at the I.P.A., translator and musician. He has published many different articles on literary criticism and art in journals such as *Banda Hispánica*, *Agulha* (Brazil), *Antroposmoderno* (Argentina) and *Hermes Criollo* (Uruguay). His works include *Lecciones de antropofagia* (Los Trazos de Pandora, 2009), *Otras voces, otros territorios. Ensayos sobre las distintas vertientes de la poesía brasileña contemporánea* (Other voices, other territories. Essays on the different directions of contemporary Brazilian poetry, published in 2010 in digital format by the Banda Hispânica project directed by the poet Floriano Martins – Fortaleza, Ceará, Brasil), and *Celebriedad del fauno* (2011). He is currently working on *Las estrategias de lo refractario. Prácticas y poéticas neovanguardistas en la obra de Clemente Padín* (Strategies of the Refractory, Practices and Poetics of the Neo-vanguard in the work of Clemente Padín) which will be published by Yaugurú under the direction of Gustavo Wojciechowski.

Mercedes Araujo was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1972 and currently lives in Buenos Aires.  She has published several collections of poetry, including *Ásperos esmeros* (Ed. Del Copista, 2003), *Duelo* (Ed. En Danza, 2005), *Viajar sola* (Ed. Abeja Reina, 2009) and *La isla* (Ed. Bajo la luna).  She has won a number of prizes and was included in the anthology *Poetas argentinas 1960-1980* (Ed. Del Dock).

Paula Oyarzábal was born in 1979 and lives in Salsipuedes, Córdoba. She studied theatre, photography and media, has participated in contemporary Argentine poetry seminars and has worked on her poetry with the likes of Arturo Carrera, Walter Cassara and Virginia Janza. She has published *Escritos en la cama* (Alción Editora), *La mujer sentada* (Alción Editora) and *La virgin loca* (La cartonerita uruguaya). Some of her poems were published in the anthology *Plebella* and the anthology of women poets *Quince* (Cba, editorial Tinta de negros). She founded the bookshop Del ciclista, coordinates workshops in Buenos Aires and Córdoba, and writes literary essays and reviews.

Reynaldo Jiménez was born in Lima in 1959. He has lived in Buenos Aires since 1963. His most recent publications are *Sangrado* (2006), *Plexo* (Mexico, 2009) and *La indefensión* (2010, 2nd edn.) He published a translation of Haroldo de Campos’ *Galaxias* in 2010 and has been included in various recent anthologies. You can find his videopoems in youtube: oroqolla2.

Romina Freschi is a contemporary Argentine poet. Born in Buenos Aires in 1974, Freschi received her B.A. in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires. She has published several collections of poetry and has won multiple grants to be an artist in residence both nationally and abroad. Currently Freschi runs an independent literary magazine called *Plebella*, serves as an editor for the independent publishing house pájarosló editora and takes part in the UBACyT Project of Gender Studies at the University of Buenos Aires. She translates poetry from English, French and Portuguese, and also from Spanish into English (often in collaboration).

Uruguayan Women Writers

Fernanda Trías (Uruguay, 1976) is a writer and translator based in Buenos Aires. Her novel,* La azotea* (Ediciones Trilce, 2001) was selected as one of the books of the year by *El País Cultural* and received third prize in the Concurso Nacional de Literatura. In 2002 she published *Cuaderno para un solo ojo* as part of the collection De los flexes terpines. She has been included in various anthologies of new Latin American writing in Uruguay, Peru, Spain and Germany and in 2004 received a grant from Unesco-Ashberg which enabled her to live in France for five years. A re-edited version of *La azotea* (Puntocero) was published in 2010 in Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Inés Bortagaray was born in Salto, Uruguay in 1975. She is a writer and scriptwriter based in Montevideo. Her first novel *Ahora tendré que matarte* was published in 2001. In 2006 she published *Prontos, listos, ya*. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and blogs. Also a scriptwriter, in 2005 she won a FONA prize for her script *El fin del mundo* and is the co-author of the script for *Una novia errante*, the second feature film of the Argentine Ana Katz.

Laura Cesarco Eglin is a poet and translator from Uruguay. She is the author of *Llamar al agua por su nombre* (Mouthfeel Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as *MiPOesias*, *The Acentos Review* (US); *Metrópolis, Periódico de Poesía* (Mexico); *La Farola, TXT.* (Uruguay). She has recently published another book of poems entitled *Sastrería*. For more information please visit http://laucesarco.blogspot.com/.

Laura Chalar is a Uruguayan writer/translator, currently dividing her time between her hometown of Montevideo and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has published two poetry collections (a chapbook in Montevideo in 2005 and a full collection in Buenos Aires in 2010), as well as two short story volumes, one of which received an honourable mention in the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture’s Annual Literary Awards (2009). Over the past ten years, Laura’s work has appeared in magazines such as *The London Magazine*, *Magma*, *Frogmore Papers*, *Rising*, *Iota*, *Rain Dog* and *Crannóg* (UK), *Versal* (the Netherlands), *Legal Studies Forum*, *Louisville Review*, *Coal City Review* and *Río Grande Review* (USA). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the USA in 2010.

Leticia Feippe (Montevideo, 1977) is a Uruguayan journalist and writer. Since 2000 she has worked for *El País Cultural* and the literary magazine *El Estante*. Her writing has been awarded various prizes in Uruguay and she has been included in anthologies and magazines. In 2008 her stories were included in *Esto no es una antología*, published by the Uruguayan Ministry for External Relations. She has written plays for theatre groups and in 2007 was the invited actress in the Teatro Circular de Montevideo. Her children’s play *Viaje en sobretodo* was performed in 2011 and has been published as a novel.

Lucía Lorenzo (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1973). Qualified in Communication Sciences. Her texts have been included in the anthology *El descontento y la promesa; nueva/joven narrativa uruguaya* (2008) and the collective publication of award-winners, Paco Espínola (2007).

Olga Leiva was born in Lund, Sweden where she lived in exile for 10 years before returning to Uruguay in 1991. Since 2007 she has participated in a variety of poetry readings and presentations in Montevideo and has published in poetry anthologies in Uruguay, Paraguay and Sweden; and in Mexican and Paraguayan online magazines. Currently, she is working in the publishing house ‘Mental’ and writing her book *Diamantismo*.

Paula Einöder (Montevideo, 1974) graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences at Montevideo’s University of the Republic, and now teaches English. She began writing poetry at a very early age and has not stopped writing since. She has published the poetry collections: *Clay Poetry* (Montevideo, Ediciones Imaginarias, 2002) which received a special mention for Unpublished Poetry from the Ministry for Education and Culture in 2000, and for a Published Work of Poetry in 2003, *Experimental Tree* (Montevideo, Artefato, 2004) and recently her third book of poetry *opacity* (Montevideo, Editorial La Propia, 2010). She has also published the article ‘Miranda or the Place not Spoken From’ (Montevideo, Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences, 2004) which received a special mention for an Unpublished Literary Essay from the Ministry for Education and Culture, 2000). Her work has been included in the anthologies: *A Brief Sample of Contemporary River Plate Poetry, Selection II* (Buenos Aires, Bianchi Editores, 1995); *An Anthology of Young Uruguayan Poets* (Montevideo, AG Ediciones, 2002); *No Borders 1½. Short Anthology of Young Uruguayan and Paraguayan Poets* (Asunción, Arandura Editorial, 2004); *The Wide Garden. Anthology of Young Poets from Colombia and Uruguay* (Montevideo, Embajada de Colombia en Uruguay-MEC, 2005); *Caribbean Plate. 21st Century Dominican and Uruguayan Poetry* (Montevideo, Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay, 2008) and *The Cloak of my Virtue. 21st Century Cuban and Uruguayan Poetry* (Montevideo, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores-Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay-Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2011). Read more of her work at: http://poesiapaulatina.blogspot.com/

Sofi Richero (Montevideo, 1973) is a journalist and has published numerous essays and narrative pieces in anthologies. She studied Literature and for the last decade has been writing for different Uruguayan cultural magazines and newspapers, including *Insomnia*, *Revista Posdata*, *El País Cultural*, amongst others. In 2004 she published her first book *Limonada* (H Editores/Parkers Subproducts, republished by Cal y Canto). Work by her has appeared in the books *La mirada escrita* (Biblioteca Nacional, 2005) and *El descontento y la promesa. Nueva/joven narrativa uruguaya* (Trilce, 2008). Since 2001 she has worked in the weekly *Brecha*.

Xime de Coster was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, around about 1979, when others still had to tie up her shoelaces. To date, she has worked as a journalist but was sacked for not having a more anthropological view of culture. Shortly, her anthology *Poems for sad girls without dreams* will be published by Orem in Peru. She has self-published a CD of her collection *cacalapoesía* and her book *Intrauterina* was published by Anidia in Spain. These last examples have been liberated by the author and her followers on the web to either joy or martyrdom, depending on the readers that pride themselves in reading them. She writes a column called “Cerebro Paralelo”, telling mental hospital stories, in the literary magazine www.artesurbano.com alongside writers from all corners of the globe. On the web you can find her work at: ximedecoster.blogspot.com y en babamojada.tumblr.com

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