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.