The countess Emilia Pardo Bazán was a Spanish novelist, journalist, literary critic, poet, playwright, translator, editor and professor. She was born in 1851 and married at the age of sixteen. But rather than following the usual path of an upper-class woman of the time, she became interested in politics and philosophy, separated from her husband, travelled widely, had an affair with the writer Benito Pérez Galdós and started writing herself. Her novel The House of Ulloa (1886) is generally considered to be her masterpiece. She died in 1921.
Cristina Fernández Cubas (1945) is a Spanish writer and journalist who lives and works in Barcelona. Her first collection of short stories, Mi hermana Elba, was published in 1980. Since then she has stood out as a master of this form, which is so essential to the Spanish narrative tradition, and today she is widely celebrated as one of Europe’s greatest contemporary writers of short fiction. Her book Nona’s Room, a collection of Gothic and uncanny short stories, has won both of Spain’s major literary awards – the Premio de la Critica Española and Premio Nacional de Narrativa.
Alejandro Morellón was born in Madrid in 1985, but grew up and educated in Palma de Mallorca. In 2010 he was awarded a scholarship by the Antonio Gala Foundation. He has published a short story collection “The night We Fell”, which won the Monteleón Foundation award, and some of his stories have appeared in magazines such as Chimera, Immortal Prose, Eñe and Energehia. In 2016, the second volume of stories, “The Natural State of Things”, was published, and won the García Márquez Hispano-American Short Story Award. He currently lives in Madrid.
Giuseppe Caputo is a Colombian writer. He was born in Barranquilla in 1982 and studied Creative Writing at the University of New York and the University of Iowa, where he also specialized in queer and gender studies. Giuseppe is the author of the novel A World Orphan, published in Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Chile and whose English edition will be released in 2019. He is a contributor to Arcadia magazine and El Tiempo newspaper and currently works as Cultural Program Director of the Bogotá International Book Fair.
María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and a journalist. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1976, and studied literature. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world, Internazionale (Italy), Samuel (Brazil), Piauí (Brazil), Quimera (Spain), Frontera D (Spain), Anfibia (Argentina), Gatopardo (Mexico), Soho (Ecuador/Colombia), Mundo Diners (Ecuador). She has published two non-fiction books and her stories were published in various anthologies. Ampuero is the editor of the short-story section in the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC and teaches journalism in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2012 she was selected as one of the 100 most influential Latin-Americans in Spain, where she resides since 2005.
Recaredo Veredas is a Spanish writer. Born in Madrid, he studied Law, Publishing and Creative Writing. He has published six books: a collection of poems, two short-story collections, two essays, and a novel. In 2019 he will publish his second poetry book. He worked in different publishing houses, notably Alfaguara. He was a professor in Escuela de Letras and Fuentetaja and collaborated as a critic in Quimera, ABC, Política Exterior, Letras Libres and Revista de Libros.
Martín Felipe Castagnet was born in La Plata, Argentina in 1986. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the National University of La Plata and is currently Associate Editor of The Buenos Aires Review. His debut novel (“Bodies of Summer”) was translated into English and French. His second novel will be published in Argentina in 2017. Castagnet has been studying Japanese for ten years.
Federico Falco (1977) is an Argentinian writer. He was born in General Cabrera, a village in the interior of Argentina bordering the dry pampas. A writer and video artist, he has published the short-story collections 22 patitos (2004), 00 (2004) and La hora de los monos (2010), and two books of poetry: Aeropuertos, aviones (2006) and Made in China (2008). A professor in the departments of Film, Literature and Contemporary Art at Blas Pascal University in Córdoba, he received a scholarship from New York University and Banco Santander to study for an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU in 2009. He now lives between Argentina, Madrid and New York.
Luis Carlos Fuentes Ávila (Mexico City, 1978), author, editor and screenwriter, graduated from École Normale Supérieure in film studies. He has published two short story collections and won the Manuel José Othón award for his first book. Fuentes had taught screenwriting in the Arts Center of San Luis de Potosí.
Fernanda Melchor is a Mexican writer. She was born in Veracruz in 1982. She is the author of the novel Falsa liebre (2013) and the chronicle book Aquí no es Miami (2013). She is a journalist graduated from the University of Veracruz and a teacher in Aesthetics and Art from the Autonomous University of Puebla. Some of her stories and articles have been published in journals such as Replicante, Letras Libres, GQ and Vice, as well as in the anthology Mexico 20. New Voices, Old traditions (Pushkin press, 2015). In 2013 she was recognized by the magazine La tempestad as the emerging writer of the year in the Mexican literary scene, and in 2015 by the Conaculta, the Hay Festival and the British Council as one of the most outstanding under forty-year-old writers in her country. Best known for her novel “Hurricane Season” for which she won the Anna Seghers Award and a place in the long list for the International Booker Prize.