Liliana Colanzi Serrate is a Bolivian writer, editor, and journalist. She was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 1981. She is the author of three short story collections, among them Our Dead World (2016), which was translated into English in 2017. Colanzi studied social communication at the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) and holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Cambridge. In 2015 She won the International Aura Estrada literary prize, given to Spanish-speaking authors under 35 who live in Mexico and the United States. She has worked as a journalist in print media, and her literary works have appeared in El Pais, Letras Libres, Americas Quarterly, The White Review, El Desacuerdo, Eñe, and Etiqueta Negra. She has edited the mini-anthology Mesías (2013) and co-edited the anthology Conductas erráticas (2009). Colanzi lives in Ithaca, New York, and teaches at Cornell University.
José Edmundo Paz Soldán Ávila is a Bolivian writer. He was born in Cochabamba in 1967. Paz Soldán is one of the most representative authors of the Latin American generation of the 90s, known as McOndo. He is the author of ten novels, among them The Matter of Desire (2001), Turing’s Delirium (2003), and Norte: A Novel (2011); as well as ten collections of short stories. He has also co-edited Se habla español (2000) and Bolaño salvaje (2008). Paz Soldán studied at Don Bosco College in Cochabamba. He began his writing career when he was nineteen, in Buenos Aires, where he studied international relations. However, his first publications – written still as a hobby – appeared in his native Cochabamba in his school years, in the Correo Supplement of the newspaper Los Tiempos. He studied political science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he entered on a soccer player scholarship and graduated in 1991. His first compilation of short stories, titled The Masks of Nothingness (1991), has appeared in Cochabamba a year before his graduation. In 1992 he published his first novel, Días de papel (Paper Days), which had been a finalist in the American literary contest of literary works in Spanish, Letras de Oro in 1991, and won him his first award: the Bolivian Erich Guttentag Prize. In 1997, Paz Soldán received the Juan Rulfo Award for his short story “Dochera.” The same year, he completed his Ph.D. in languages and Hispanic literature from Berkeley (his dissertation was on the life and work of Alcides Arguedas; this investigation developed into a full-length book published in 2003). In 1998, he received the Romulo Gallegos Award for the novel Río fugitivo , and in 2002 he received the Bolivian National Prize for the novel Turing’s Delirium. In 2011, he presided the first-ever Las Americas Award, which was given to Chilean writer Arturo Fontaine Talavera. In 2014, he wrote his first science fiction book, Iris, which he began writing while reading a report in Rolling Stone magazine about mental issures of soldiers in Afghanistan. Although Iris was published as a sci-fi novel, it was initially conceived as the last part of a trilogy, beginning with Los vivos y los muertos (The Living and the Dead) (2009) and Norte: A Novel (Hammett Award finalist, 2012). His book Las visiones was a finalist for the IV Short Story Prize Ribera del Duero in 2015. Paz Soldán is a columnist on cultural and political issues in the Chilean newspaper La Tercera. He has also written for El País, Time, and The New York Times. He has translated several works from English, among them Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and Bodega Dreams (2000) by the American-Ecuadorian writer Ernesto Quiñonez. Paz Soldán’s works have been translated into several languages and have appeared in anthologies in different countries, both in Europe and America. Since 1991, he lives in the United States, where he teaches Latin American Literature at Cornell University.
Magela Baudoin is a Bolivian journalist, writer and teacher. She was born in Bolivia in 1973. Throughout her 20 years of journalistic career, she has published articles, reports, interviews, and columns in various Bolivian newspapers and magazines, such as La Razón, La Prensa, and Nueva Crónica. She has a master’s degree in Journalistic, Institutional, and Business Communication, and a specialization in Corporate Communication. She is director of the Rodriguez & Baudoin communication agency. Baudoin has been founder and coordinator of the creative writing program at the Private University of Santa Cruz. Her first book, published in 2010, brings together interviews with controversial Bolivian women, in which Baudoin mixes journalistic and literary resources. In 2014, she was awarded the XVI Alfaguara National Prize for Novel, and in 2015 she received the Gabriel García Márquez Ibero-American Short Story Award.
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Giovanna Rivero (born 1972) is a Bolivian novelist and short story writer. She is one of Bolivia’s most successful contemporary fiction writers. Born in Montero, Santa Cruz, Rivero was awarded the Santa Cruz Municipal Prize for Literature in 1997 for her short story collection, Las bestias (The Beasts). In 2005, she received the Franz Tamayo Short Story Prize for La Dueña de nuestros sueños (The Owner of Our Dreams). In 2004, she took part in the Iowa Writing Program at the University of Iowa and in 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to obtain a master’s degree in Latin-American literature from the University of Florida. She went on to receive a doctorate from the same university in 2014. In 2011, she was one of 25 new Latin-American talents chosen by Mexico’s Guadalajara Book Fair. In addition to writing novels and short stories, Rivero is a regular contributor to local and national newspapers. She teaches semiotics and journalism at the Univeridad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra.