Elisa R.V. García is a Mexican author and researcher living in Germany. She has a PhD in comparative literature from Aarhus University (Denmark). Elisa writes mostly in English, but she has authored non-fiction in Spanish and German as well. In her short stories she likes to explore questions dealing with identity, foreignness, and the complexity of human relationships. Her short stories have appeared in “Thrice Fiction” and “The Literary Nest”. Her most recent work will be published in “Oddville Press” in the spring of 2018.
Emiliano Monge is a Mexican writer and political scientist. He was born in 1978 in Mexico City and studied political science at the UNAM, where he worked as a university professor until he moved to Barcelona. Monge has published two short story collections, Arrastrar esa sombra (2008), finalist of the Antonin Artaud Prize, and La superficie más honda, as well as two novels, Morirse de memoria (2010), finalist of the Antonin Artaud Prize and winner of the Jaén Prize for novel, and Las tierras arrasadas. He writes for several magazines and newspapers, among them El País, Letras Libres, Reforma and Gatopardo. In 2011, Monge was selected by the Guadalajara International Book Fair to the list of “The 25 best kept secrets of Latin America”.
Guillermo Fadanelli is a Mexican writer. He was born in Mexico City in 1960. He is the author of eleven novels, including Will I See You at Breakfast? (1999) and seven volumes of short stories. He has published in various anthologies such as Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction (2009) and Tijuana Dreaming (2012). Fadanelli spent his childhood in the Portales neighborhood in Mexico City and was later sent by his father to a Military high school. At the beginning of the 80s, he enrolled at UNAM to study Civil Engineering. He never obtained the title but met choreographer and designer Yolanda Martínez there, and along with a group of friends founded Moho magazine for urban literature, known for its atmosphere of derision, rebellion, and provocation. In 1990, he started to collaborate with the Saturday supplement of Unomásuno newspaper and it was there where he began to define his satirical and bellicose style. In 1995 he founded Moho Editorial. For a few years, he encouraged a movement in Mexico that he calls “Trash Literature” and wrote several of its manifestos. He has participated in the Cerebrista Movement in Madrid, and wrote its manifesto together with journalist and musical critic Patricia Godes. He has worked as a real estate salesman, muleteer, a salesman of Christmas trees in a corner of New York, and a clerk at a pastry shop in Madrid. Fadanelli has been part of the editorial council of the alternative magazines La Pusmoderna, A Sangre Fría y Generación. He maintains a tight relationship with the musicians and visual artists of Mexico’s alternative scene and collaborates in different projects. His works have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Hebrew. He has received the 2002 Colima Prize for Literature and the 2012 Grijalbo Prize, and he is currently a columnist for El Universal and collaborator of several publications such Letras Libres and Vice.
José Miguel Tomasena is a Mexican writer, journalist, and university professor. He was born in 1978 in Mexico City. He studied philosophy and worked in the public newspaper in Guadalajara. He obtained his master’s degree in creative writing from the Contemporary School of Humanities (ECH) in Madrid. He has worked as an editor of Magis Magazine at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO), where he also taught epistemology, literature, and creative writing. He has published a novel and a collection of short stories (Does Anyone Care About the Dust at Hemingway’s House?), winner of the San Luis Potosí Fine Arts Award for 2013. He publishes regularly in his blog Índice de mentiras and he is the co-writer of “Portraits of a Search,” a documentary about three mothers who look for their missing children during the Mexican Drug War. He is currently working on his second novel.
Fabio Morábito is a Mexican writer, poet, essay writer and translator. He was born in 1955 in Alexandria, Egypt, to Italian parents and lived part of his childhood and adolescence in Milan. He has been living in Mexico City since 1969. He studied Italian literature in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at The National Autonomous University of Mexico and literary translation at Colegio de México. He has published more than 5 books of poetry, for which he won the Carlos Pellicer Prize in 1995, and the Aguascalientes National Poetry Prize in 1991. Morábito’s poetry book Tool Box (1999) was published In Germany, England and the United States, and in 2005, he published his translation of the complete poetry of Eugenio Montale and in 2009 published his translation of the play Aminta by Torquato Tasso. He has also published two novels and six collections of short stories, including Grieta de fatiga (2006), winner of the Antonin Artaud Narrative Prize of 2006. Morábito has written prose and poetry for children and his novel for children published in 1996 won the White Raven Award in 1997. He was granted the White Raven Award again in 2015, for the compilation and rewriting of a book containing 125 oral Mexican short stories. His latest book was published in June 2014.
Laia Jufresa is a Mexican writer. She was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in Veracruz and in Paris. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Sorbonne. Jufresa has published a short story collection and a novel, Umami, which has been translated into five languages. It was also chosen as the best first novel in Spanish at the 2016 Festival in Chambéry, France, and won the PEN Translates Award. Her stories were published in various anthologies and magazines, such as Letras Libres, Pen Atlas, Words Without Borders, and McSweeny’s.
Álvaro Enrigue is a Mexican writer, editor, and essayist. He was born in Guadalajara in 1969 and obtained his P.h.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland. Enrigue taught creative writing at Stanford, Columbia, and Maryland. He was an editor for the prestigious Mexican publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica. Enrigue has published five novels and two short story collections, and is one of five Mexican authors to have won the Herralde Prize. Enrigue is married to Mexican author Valeria Luiselli.
Ignacio Padilla (born 1968) was a Mexican author and essayist. He spent his youth in South Africa and studied literature in Mexico, Scotland, and Spain, where he received his PhD from the University of Salamanca. Padilla belonged, along with Jorge Volpi and other writers, to a literary group that called itself the “Crack Generation.” The group was founded as a counter-reaction to the literature of the “Latin American Boom,” which was characterized, among other things, by magic realism, and whose writers included Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa among others. Padilla published six novels, eight collections of short stories, essays, and many articles. He won countless international awards and his writings have been translated into many languages. In 2001, Padilla was appointed cultural attaché for the Mexican embassy of Great Britain, a post he held for two years. Padilla worked as a teacher at The Ibero-American University (“Universidad Iberoamericana”) in Mexico City, and in 2007 was appointed by President Felipe Calderon, as the director of the Mexican National Library. Ignacio Padilla was killed in a car accident in August 2016.
Juan Rulfo (1917-1986) was a Mexican writer, screenwriter, and photographer. Rulfo is considered one of the most important writers in 20th-century Latin America, though his production – consisting of essentially two books – was very small. As a child growing up in the rural countryside, Rulfo witnessed the latter part (1926-29) of the violent Cristero rebellion in western Mexico. His family of prosperous landowners lost a considerable fortune. Rulfo’s father was killed in 1923 and his mother died in 1927. His first book, The Burning Plain (El llano en llamas, 1953), is a collection of realistic short stories centered on life in rural Mexico around the time of the Mexican Revolution. His second book, Pedro Páramo (1955), a short novel, is set in a mythical hell on earth inhabited only by the dead. Pedro Páramo is considered one of the most influential Latin American novel of the twentieth century. Juan Rulfo died from lung cancer in 1986.
Guadalupe Nettel is a Mexican writer. She was born in Mexico City in 1973 and studies Philosophy and Literature in the UNAM, the National University of Mexico. She obtained her Ph.D. from the École des Haute Études in Paris. Nettel has published three novels and four short story collections. Her collection of short stories, El matrimonio de los peces rojos, translated under the title Natural Histories, won the Ribera del Duero international prize for short fiction. She also won the Herralde Prize for her novel After the Winter (Después del invierno).