the short story project


Andrea Jeftanovic Avdaloff is a Chilean writer. Born in Santiago in 1970, she is considered one of the most prominent authors of her country. She is the author of the novels Escenario de Guerra (2000) and Geografía de la lengua (2007), and of two volumes of short stories: No aceptes caramelos de extraños (2013) and Destinos errantes (2016). Of Jewish and Serbian ancestry, Jeftanovic grew up among three religions – Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish. She studied sociology at the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and in 2005 she finished a doctorate in Hispano-American literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeftanovic is not afraid of controversy, and sees art as “a space for moral experimentation”. She has received several awards, including the Chilean Art Critics Circle Award and the National Book and Reading Council Award. Her work has been translated into several languages and it appears in foreign as well as national anthologies. She is a researcher at the University of Santiago, teaches literary workshops at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center among others, and writes about theater for El Mercurio newspaper.

Alejandra Costamagna Crivelli is a Chilean writer and journalist. She was born in 1970 in Santiago, to Argentine parents who arrived in Chile in 1967 fleeing the dictatorship of General Juan Carlos Onganía. She is the author of four novels and five collections of short stories. Although she has continued to write novels, Costamagna has developed the short story, so much so that she even reconverted her first novel into a short story, Había una vez un pájaro (Once upon a Time There Was a Bird), which appeared in 2013 in a book by the same title, accompanied by two other texts. Her first approach to writing was through the diaries that she began to write irregularly from the age of ten, but it was in adolescence that Costamagna began to take writing more seriously, after entering Francisco Miranda School. She studied journalism at the Diego Portales University and attended the workshops of Guillermo Blanco, Pía Barros, Carlos Cerda, and Antonio Skármeta. Later she completed a master’s degree in literature. In a 2010 interview for Paula magazine, when asked: “Are you the kind of person who would legalize marijuana?” Costamagna responded: “And the morning-after pill and gay marriage and abortion and euthanasia too.” She was editor of the cultural section of La Nación newspaper and created the youth supplement La X. She worked on the Rock & Pop channel, taught literary workshops, worked as a theater commentator in national newspapers and magazines, and as a reporter and a columnist for several magazines. She has written for magazines such as Gatopardo, Rolling Stone, and El Malpensante. Her work has appeared in different anthologies and been translated into Italian, French, Danish, and Korean. Costamagna has been honored with several awards, including Altazor (2006) and Anna Seghers (Germany, 2008) for the best Latin American author of the year.

Alejandro Zambra (Santiago de Chile, 1975), is a Chilean writer, essayist, and poet. He has published two poetry books, an essay collection, a short story collection, and three novels. He holds a P.h.D. from the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile. His stories and articles have been published in many prestigious literary magazines, such as The New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeny’s, Letras Libres, Quimera, Babelia. In 2015 Zambra was invited by the Public Library of New York for a stay of nine months in order to write a book about libraries.

Kato Ramone was born in 1972. He is a Chilean writer, poet, translator, and graphic artist. He was a political prisoner in Chile for more than a decade. He has published two poetry books, one short story collection, and one novel.

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Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003), 20th-century Chilean poet and novelist, was born in Santiago, Chile. At fifteen, he moved with his family to Mexico and there became a Trotskyite and a journalist. In 1973, he returned to Chile and enlisted in Allende’s party, but was imprisoned for a week after the military coup of general Pinochet. He then went to El Salvador, then to Mexico, and finally to Spain where he worked as a dishwasher, waiter, night watchman, garbage man, longshoreman, and salesman until the 80’s when he could make enough money to support himself by writing, and publishing. In 1999 he won the extremely prestigious Herralde & el Rómulo Gallego Award, considered the Latin American Nobel Prize (García Márquez and Vargas Llosa have been other winners), for his monumental novel, Savage Detectives. He died of liver failure in Barcelona, leaving an esteemed and honorable body of work: nine novels, two short story collections, and five poetry books. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Gonzalo Hernández Suarez was born in Santiago de Chile, in 1978. He has a Bachelor and Teacher Degree in Philosophy. He worked in various jobs, such as cashier, messenger, journalist, day laborer, and others. Currently, he is a teacher of Ethics in Universidad Mayor, in Santiago de Chile, and also conducts literary workshops for prisoners in penitentiary facilities. Two of his novels were published by Tajamar Editores: Colonia de perros (2010), and El mal de Hugo (2012). He is now working on a new novel named Entre Lutos y Desiertos, and a short story collection, Con los Dientes Apretados.

Juan Pablo Roncone was born in Arica, Chile, in 1982. At the age of nineteen he moved to Santiago, where he studied law in the Universidad de Chile. Brother Deer is his first book.