Marcelo Cohen is an Argentine writer, translator and literary critic. He has managed to create his own literary territory, marked by a slight strangeness in customs and technological environment that makes us think of a parallel and close world in the future. He has published twelve novels, six story collections, and four essay books. Marcelo Cohen was born in Buenos Aires in 1951, studied letters at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires but did not finish his degree. At the end of 1975, he traveled to Spain, and decided to stay there because of the political climate in Argentina. During his long stay in Barcelona he was editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine El viejo topo. He has published reviews and articles in prestigious newspapers such as El País (Madrid) and La Vanguardia (Barcelona), as well as Clarín and Página 30 magazine in Buenos Aires. He directed an edition of the complete works of Shakespeare translated by Ibero-American writers, and is co-director of the literary and arts magazine Otra parte. He has translated over one hundred literature and essay books from English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan. His translations include, among others, works by Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Jane Austen, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, A.R. Ammons, Wallace Stevens, Scott Fitzgerald, J.G. Ballard, William Burroughs, Italo Svevo, Raymond Roussel, Machado de Assis and Clarice Lispector. Cohen’s unusual prose has earned him the 2004 Konex Award: Novela Quinquenio 1999-2003 and the Critics’ Award for his novel Balada (2011).
Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993) was an Argentine writer, storyteller and poet. She was born in Buenos Aires to a family deeply rooted in Argentine cultural circles. She was the sister of writer and founder of Sur magazine, Victoria Ocampo, wife of the writer Adolfo Bioy Casares and a friend of Jorge Luis Borges. For much of her life, her figure was overshadowed by theirs, but over time she gained recognition as a fundamental author of twentieth century Argentine literature. She has published ten poetry books, three novels and eight books of short narrative, among them The Topless Tower (1986) and Where There’s Love, There’s Hate (1946, co-written with Bioy Casares). Although she gained recognition as a poet, her greatest achievements were in the field of narrative fiction. Her stories express a corrosive criticism of the social conventions of her time and describe a unique, disturbing fantastical atmosphere: a world where strange events overwhelm mundane bourgeois reality, where motives are obscure, and where a great cruelty presides over life. Silvina Ocampo died in Buenos Aires. After her death, unpublished writings by her were found and published in five volumes, between 2006 and 2010.
Eduardo Berti is an Argentinian writer and journalist, born in Buenos Aires in 1964. An acclaimed and award-winning author, Berti has published four collections of short fiction, among them his debut work Los pájaros (The Birds,1994) winner of a Grant-Award from Cultura Magazine and La vida imposible (The Impossible Life, 2002), winner of the Libralire-Fernando Aguirre Prize. He has also published six novels, among them, La mujer de Wakefield (Wakefield’s Wife, 1999), finalist in the prestigious Fémina Prize for Best Book from Overseas, Todos los Funes (All the Funes, 2005) finalist of the Herralde Prize, and El país imaginado (The Imagined Country, 2011) winner of the Emecé Prize and Las Americas prize. Berti moved to Paris in 1998, where he taught courses in writing, worked as a cultural journalist, a correspondent for different media outlets and a scriptwriter. He received several awards (among them the Martin Fierro) for the production of documentaries on Argentine popular music, and published two journalistic essay books on the subject: one in collaboration with Argentine singer and composer Luis Alberto Spinetta, and another dedicated to analyzing the evolution and characteristics of Argentine rock. In recent years, Berti has combined his creative work with translations of authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gustave Flaubert, Elizabeth Bowen and Jane Austen. He has published seven anthologies, and written for Buenos Aires’ major newspapers, such as La Nación, Clarín and Pagina/12. Some of his works have been translated into French, English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Korean and Japanese. Since 2014, Berti has been a member of the Oulipo group (Alongside Georges Perec, Italo Calvino and Marcel Duchamp, among others). His recent novel, Un padre extranjero (A Foreign Father), was published in 2016.
Matías Capelli is an argentine writer, journalist and teacher, born in Buenos Aires in 1982. Since 2006 he is one of the editors of Los inrockuptibles magazine and regularly collaborates with various graphic media in Argentina and abroad. Capelli is the author of the short story book Frío en Alaska (2008) and the novella Trampa de Luz (2011). His work has been translated into French, German and English, and have appeared in anthologies of Argentine and Latin American narrative.
Valeria Correa Fiz writes on literature in various magazines and teaches creative writing. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, on the banks of the Paraná River. Despite having left her country more than ten years ago (always living in cities that start with the letter M: Miami, Milan, Madrid), she conserves her turbid and seditious humor. Her first book was published in Spain in 2016.
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Alejandra Laurencich is an Argentine writer, founder and editorial director of the magazine La balandra|otra narrativa. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1963. Considered by critics and readers as one of the most prestigious authors of her generation, her stories of current and passionate female characters are as striking as the strong plots of her novels. Laurencich has published two novels and a collection of stories that brings together the first two books of stories by the author. She lives in Buenos Aires, a city in which, after graduating her studies in fine arts and starting cinematography, she discovered the craft of writing, to which she inclined from an early age. Her books received awards such as the Argentine National Endowment for the Arts Award and the prestigious Municipal Award, among others. As the founder and editorial director of La balandra|otra narrative, one of the most eminent literary journals of recent years in Spanish, she has been dedicating herself for more than two decades to the training of writers, compiled in her 2014 book El taller (The Workshop).
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Tomas Sanchez Bellocchio was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires. He is a publicist and screenwriter and lives between Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona. For more than ten years, he participated in the literary workshop of the poet and essayist Javier Adúriz. In 2011, he completed his master’s degree in Literary Creation from the Pompeu Fabra University, a pioneering experience in the Spanish language, with professors such as Juan Villoro, Jorge Carrión, and Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas. In 2013, he participated in Emergencias, an anthology of stories by twelve young storytellers from Spain and Latin America. He writes stories, essays, and chronicles in various publications, such as Suelta, El Malpensante, Picnic, and Literofilia. In 2015, he published his first collection of stories, Familias de Cereal (Candaya Publishing House).
Luciano Lamberti is an Argentine writer and poet. He was born in San Francisco, Cordoba, in 1978. He holds a bachelor’s degree in modern literature from the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. He writes for local and national media, works as a high school language teacher and leads the creative writing workshop of the Hospital Neurosiquiátric Provincial in Córdoba. In 2004, he was among the founders of La Crecienta publishing house, for young poetry and fiction. Lamberti has published four collections of short stories and one poetry book. His stories have been published in various anthologies.
Oliverio Coelho is an Argentine writer and critic, born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He has published six novels and two collections of short stories. He has also compiled an anthology of contemporary Korean narrative. Coelho was a Fellow of the Antorchas Foundation (2000), the Argentine National Fund for the Arts (2005), the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (2005), and the Korean Literature Translation Fund (KLTI) in 2007. He regularly writes for Argentine magazines such as Clarín, El país, and La nación. He has received the Latin American Prize Edmundo Valadés in Mexico and the National Initiation Prize in Argentina. He has participated in residency programs for writers in Mexico, South Korea, and the United States. Granta magazine highlighted Coelho as one of the best young Spanish-speaking writers. His most recent novel was published in 2015.
Ariel Magnus is an Argentine novelist, descendant of German immigrants. He was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires. Between 1999-2005, he lived in Germany, where he studied Spanish literature and philosophy with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, while working for the chair of Hispanic literature at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Magnus is the author of four novels, and winner of the III Hispanic Contest of Novel La Otra Orilla and of the Ibero-American Short Novel Award Juan de Castellanos. He has also collaborated with magazines in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Germany. His latest book was published in 2014.