Slavko Zupcic

Slavko Zupcic (Venezuela, 1970), psychiatrist, occupational health doctor and writer. He is the author of the novels Barbie, Círculo croata, and Pésame mucho, all of which are included in the book Tres novelas (2006); he is also the author of the short story collections Dragi Sol (1989); Vinko Spolovtiva, ¿quién te mató? (1990); 583104: pizzas pizzas pizzas (1995), and Médicos taxistas, escritores (2011, 2014). He has published the book of literary crónicas Máquinas que cantan (2005) and the children’s book Giuliana Labolita: el caso de Tepe Toledo. In 2007 he was included in the group Bogotá 39, selected by Hay Festival. His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies in Venezuela and Latin America, and have been translated to English, German, Hungarian, French and Portuguese language. In 2015 he and Alejandra Costamagna published Bogotana(mente) with the publishing house Brutas Editoras. He presently resides in Valencia (Spain) and practices medicine in Castellón.

Literary Solutions to the Death of My Mother-in-Law’ (‘Soluciones literarias a la muerte de mi suegra’) is part of a new collection of short stories.

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Federico Vegas

Federico Vegas (Caracas,1950) completed his degree in architecture from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in 1976. He has taught architectural design in the UCV, design at Princeton University (1983) and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (1995). He has published the following books on architecture: El continente de papel (1984); Pueblos. Venezuela 1979-1984 (1986); Venezuelan Vernacular (1985);and La Vega, una casa colonial (1988). In the 1990s he began publishing collections of short stories: El borrador (1996); Amores y castigos (1998); Los traumatólogos de Kosovo (2002); La carpa y otros cuentos (2009); Los peores de la clase (2011); La nostalgia esférica (2014). He has also published six novels: Prima lejana (1999); Falke (2005); Historia de una segunda vez (2006); Miedo, pudor y deleite (2008); Sumario (2010); Los Incurables (2012); El buen esposo (2013). His newspaper pieces and essays are collected in the books La ciudad sin lengua (2001); La ciudad y el deseo (2007); and Ciudad vagabunda (2014).

The Tent’ was originally published as ‘La carpa’ in the collection of short stories La Carpa y otros cuentos (Caracas: Alfaguara, 2009). 

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Gustavo Valle

Gustavo Valle (Caracas, 1967) is the author of the books Materia de otro mundo (2003); La paradoja de Itaca (2005); Ciudad imaginaria (2006); Bajo tierra (2009); El país del escritor (2013); and Happening (2014), which earned him the III Novel Biennial Adriano González León and Venezuela’s Critics’ Prize, as well as the XIII edition of the Cross-Genre Prize of the Friends of Urban Culture Society. He has written two feature film scripts, El libro que no ganó el concuro and Peones, both of which have merited him awards by the National Centre of Cinematography (CNAC). He is a regular contributor to a number of print and digital media in Argentina, Venezuela and Spain.

Corny or Porny first appeared as Lo cursi y lo porno in the magazine Letras Libres in January 2004 and was later included in the La paradoja de Ítaca (Caracas: Ministerio de Cultura, 2005).

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Héctor Torres

Héctor Torres (Caracas, 1968)is a narrator and literary promoter. He is the author of the short-story books El amor en tres platos (2007) and El regalo de Pandora (2011), as well as of the novel La huella del bisonte (2008), which featured among the finalists of the 2006 Adriano González León Biennial, and of the crónica collections Caracas muerde (2012) and Objetos no declarados (2014). Formerly the editor of the website www.ficcionbreve.org he was also the creator of the Critics’ Award to Best Novel of the Year, awarded by said portal. His texts have been included in a number of anthologies, and he has been a contributor to various print and online publications. He has taken part in workshops with the writers Santiago Gamboa, Leila Guerriero and Alberto Salcedo Ramos. Presently he is a regular contributor in the magazine Clímax and the portal El Cambur. He delivers literary workshops and since 2006 is the coordinator of the Short Story Prize for Young Authors of the Policlínica Metropolitana.

What do They Call Those Born in Chivacoa’ first appeared as ‘Como se les llama los que nacen en Chivacoa’ in Caracas muerde (Caracas: Punto Cero, 2012).

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Francisco Suniaga

Francisco Suniaga (Margarita Island, Venezuela, 1954) is a lawyer specialised in international law. For years he worked as an academic and wrote columns in Venezuela’s most respected newspapers. Between 2004 and 2009 he was the director of Exxito magazine, which focused on politics and economy. He has published the novels La otra isla (2005), which has been translated to German and French; El pasajero de Truman (2008); and Esta gente (2012). In 2010 Random House Mondadori also published the collection of autobiographical fiction Margarita infanta, a mural derived from his childhood in the Caribbean island of Margarita. Presently he is fully engaged in fiction writing and is planning to publish his next novel in 2016. He splits his time between MargaritaIsland and Caracas.

The Other Island’ is an extract from chapter XXII of the novel La otra isla (Caracas: Oscar Todtmann Editores, 2005).

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Jesús Miguel Soto

Jesús Miguel Soto (Caracas, 1981) read media and communication as well as letters (Letras) at the Central University of Venezuela. He has experience working as a lecturer, copy editor and editor. He has published the collection of short stories Perdidos en Frog and the novel La máscara de cuero. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the 64th edition of the yearly short story competition by El Nacional, the VII National Short Story Award organised by the Association of Venezuelan Authors and Composers (SACVEN) and the XXIII edition of the Literary Competition Juana Santacruz (Mexico). His stories have appeared in anthologies, such as Joven narrativa venezolana II and De qué va el cuento. Antología del relato venezolano 2000-2012.

Jesús has just been named one of the Bogotá39 for 2017: the 39 best Latin American writers under 39.

One of Many Potential Short Cuts’ was originally published as ‘Uno de muchos posibles atajos’ in the collection of short stories Perdidos en Frog (Caracas: Lugar Común, 2012).

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Carlos Sandoval

Carlos Sandoval (Caracas, 1964), literary critic, writer, editor. He is research fellow at the Institute of Literary Research of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and lecturer at the UCV and the Catholic University Andrés Bello. His latest publications include De qué va el cuento. Antología de relatos venezolanos 2000-2012 (2013); Servicio crítico. Despachos tentativos sobre literatura venezolana (2013); Propuesta para un canon del cuento venezolano del siglo XX (2014; as coordinator, together with Carlos Pacheco and Luis Barrera Linares); El rastro de Lovecraft. Cuentos misteriosos y fantásticos (2015). He has been recognised with the Municipal Prize for Literary Research (2001), the I Crónicas Competition by the magazine Clímax (2006) and the Short Novel Prize of the I Literary Biennial ‘Julián Padrón’ (2010).

Any Old S’ was first published as ‘S cualquiera’ by the Venezuelan portal Prodavinci.com.

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Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles

Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles(Caracas, 1977) is the author of the novels Blue Label / Etiqueta Azul (2010), winner of the Ibero-American Novel Prize Arturo Uslar Pietri; Transilvania, unplugged (2011); Liubliana (2012), winner of the International Literary Prize Letras del Bicentenario Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and of Venezuela’s Critics’ Prize 2012; Jezabel (2013), and Julián (2014). He holds undergraduate degrees in letters (Letras) from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, and in philosophy from the Central University of Venezuela; he also holds master’s degrees in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid and in literary studies from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Ljubljana’ is an excerpt from the prologue of the novel Liubliana (Caracas: Ediciones B/Bruguera, 2012).

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Ednodio Quintero

Ednodio Quintero (Trujillo, Venezuela, 1947) is a university lecturer, essayist, Japanese literature specialist, photographer and one of the most distinguished contemporary writers in Venezuelan literature. He is the author of eight books of short stories collected in two anthological volumes: Combates (2009) and Ceremonias (2013); eleven novels, including La danza del jaguar (1991), Mariana y los comanches (2004) and El hijo de Gengis Khan (2013); several book-length essays; a biography, Akutagawa, el elegido (2013); and a couple of film scripts. He has been recognised with the most significant literary awards in the country, such as the yearly short story competition by El Nacional (1975), the CONAC Prize for Narrative (1992) and the Miguel Otero Silva Prize awarded by the publishing house Planeta (1994). On two occasions he has taken part in year-long programmes by the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, where he has conducted research on the authors Junichiro Tanizaki and Ryunosuke Akutagawa. He also works on translations of contemporary Japanese literature into Spanish.

The Princess of Escurrufiní’, originally ‘La princesa de Escurrufiní’, is a previously unpublished short story.

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Miguel Hidalgo Prince

Miguel Hidalgo Prince (Caracas, 1984) completed his undergraduate degree in letters (Letras) from the Central University of Venezuela. He is the author of the collection of short stories Todas las batallas perdidas, published in 2012 by BID & Co and is presently working on a new collection.

Half Way There’ was first published as ‘A medio camino’ by the Venezuelan portal Prodavinci.com. 

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Maye Primera

Maye Primera is a Venezuelan journalist. She was editor-in-chief of the newspaper TalCual and worked as the Venezuela and Caribbean correspondent of the Spanish newspaper El País. She has published the books La República Alucinada: conversaciones sobre la Independencia venezolana (2011); Rostros y voces contra la impunidad (2010); and a biography of the Venezuelan politician Diógenes Escalante (2007). She is also the co-author of the anthologies of journalistic crónicas Mejor que ficción (2012) and Se habla venezolano (2010). She presently resides in Miami and works as Latin America editor of Univision Noticias online.

All I Want Is the Bones of My Son’ is an extract from Rostros y voces contra la impunidad (Caracas: cofavic, 2010), published by the Committee of the Families of the Victims of the Events of February and March 1989.

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Leonardo Padrón

Leonardo Padrón (Caracas, 1959), poet, chronicler, columnist, scriptwriter for film and television. He is the author of the poetry collections La orilla encendida; Balada; Tatuaje; Boulevard; El amor tóxico; Los materiales humanos,and Métodos de la Lluvia. His first book of crónicas, Kilómetro Cero, sold over twenty thousand copies and was published in three different editions. In 2015 he published his new collection of crónicas, Se busca un país. He has been recognised with the Poetry Prize by the Catholic University Andrés Bello, the Essay Prize Fundarte, the Municipal Prize for Cinema, the National Association of Cinematographic Authors Award, and the Fundavisual Latina Prize. He was a member of the poetry group Guaire, which had a decisive influence on the Venezuelan literary scene in the eighties, before becoming one of the most successful writers in the television industry in Venezuela, earning more than twenty-five different awards. Over the past decade he has made a considerable impression on the air waves with his radio show Los Imposibles, which has been running for seven consecutive seasons and has been turned into the publishing best-seller Los Imposibles, conversaciones al borde de un micrófono (volumes 1-7). He is one of the most known and respected writers in the country and has been translated to a number of languages.

Variations on Goodbye’ was published as ‘Formas del adiós’ by El Nacional newspaper in February 2014.

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Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez

Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez (Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 1967) is the author of the novels Los MaletinesTal vez la lluvia; Una tarde con campanas; El libro de Esther; and Árbol de luna, among others. In 2013 his work Arena negra was named book of the year by the country’s librarians. He has also published the collections of short stories Ideogramas; Hasta luego Míster, Salinger; and Tan nítido en el recuerdo. He holds a PhD in Latin American literature from the University of Salamanca, and his books have been translated into French and Galician. His latest novel El Baile de Madame Kalalú was published in Spain in 2016.

The Briefcases’ is an extract of chapters twenty and twenty-one of the novel Los maletines (Madrid: Siruela, 2014).

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Willy McKey

Willy McKey (Caracas, 1980), poet, cultural agitator, editor and educator specialised in non-fiction and cultural journalism. He is an adviser and analyst of political semiotics and the editor of Newsweek, the cultural magazine of the Venezuelan online portal Prodavinci. He has been awarded the 2007 Fundarte Poetry Prize for his collection Vocado de orfandad and the 2009 National Book Award for the poetry magazine El Salmón - Revista de Poesía. He is the author of the poetic-performative publishing experiences Paisajeno and Nuestra Señora del Jabillo

A Chronicle of Scarcity’ was published as ‘Una crónica de la escacez’ by Prodavinci on May 27 2013.

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Roberto Martínez Bachrich

Roberto Martínez Bachrich (Valencia, Venezuela, 1977) read letters (Letras) at the Central University of Venezuela, where he later lectured. He holds a master’s degree in narrative technique from Scuola Holden in Turin and is presently completing his PhD in Hispanic language and literature at City University in New York (CUNY). He has been a contributor to several newspapers and magazines in Venezuela and has published three collections of short stories, Desencuentros (1998); Vulgar (2000); Las guerras íntimas (2011, 2013); the poetry collection Las noches de cobalto (2002); the crónica La voz del animal (2013), and the biographical essay Tiempo hendido. Un acercamiento a la vida y obra de Antonia Palacios (2012), which earned him the X Annual Cross-Genre Prize of the Foundation for Urban Culture. In 2011 he was named as one of the ‘25 best-kept secrets in Latin America’ at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (FIL).

While the Blood Dries’ was originally published as ‘Mientras se seca la sangre’ in BBC Mundo in 2011 and is included in the collection of non-fiction texts titled La prosa en ruinas. Escrituras de lector due out in 2016. 

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Carolina Lozada

Carolina Lozada(Venezuela, 1974), writer. Holds an undergraduate degree in letters (Letras) from the University of the Andes (Mérida, Venezuela). She is the author of El cuarto del loco (2014); La culpa es del porno (2013); La vida de los mismos (2011); Los cuentos de Natalia (2010); and Memorias de azotea (2007).

The Villagers’ was originally published as ‘Los pobladores’ and in 2014 won the sixty-ninth edition of the yearly short-story competition of the daily Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.​

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Albinson Linares

Albinson Linares (Venezuela, 1981) is a journalist and writer. He is a graduate from the University of Los Andes (Táchira) and has worked in Venezuela’s major newspapers and magazines, from El Nacional’s Papel Literario to Playboy or Prodavinci, among others. He is a regular contributor to international publications such as Etiqueta Negra, Ecos (Germany), Letras Libres, Reforma (Mexico) and many others. He is the author of the books Hugo Chávez, nuestro enfermo en La Habana (2013), El último rostro de Chávez (2014) and Caracas Bizarra (2014). In 2012 he was included among the ‘New Chroniclers of the Indies’ by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberian-American Journalism. Presently he lives in Mexico City and works as editorial adviser for Bizz magazine, freelance editor for NYT América and web editor for Information Week Mexico.

The Living Ruins of the Tower of David’ was first printed as ‘Las ruinas vivas de la Torre del Rey David’ in Mexico’s Exceso magazine in February 2011.

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Eduardo Liendo

Eduardo Liendo (Caracas, 1941) is a novelist and short-story writer. He attended the secondary school Luis Espelozín in Caracas and studied at the Moscow Institute of Social Studies (1967-69) but his literary training came primarily as a voracious reader during his years as a political prisoner in the colonial Fortín El Vigía and the Island of Tacarigua (1962-67). He has worked as librarian, promoter and director of the Cultural Extension of the Venezuelan National Library (1976-2001), conducted the narrative workshop of the School of Letters of the Catholic University Andrés Bello (1990-2005), was coordinator of the narrative workshop of the Centre for Latin American Studies Rómulo Gallegos on two occasions, and was guest lecturer at the University of Colorado Boulder (1996). He has been juror in several domestic and international literary competitions, and in 2015 he was made Doctor of Literature Honoris Causa by the Catholic University Cecilio Acosta of Maracaibo. He is the author of El mago de la cara de vidrio (1973); Los topos (1975); Mascarada (1978); Los platos del diablo (1985, winner of the Municipal Prize for Literature); El cocodrilo rojo (short stories, 1987); Si yo fuera Pedro Infante (1989, winner of the National Council of Culture Award the following year); Diario del enano (1995); El round del olvido (2002, winner of the Municipal Prize for Literature); Las kuitas del hombre mosca (2005); Contraespejismo (2007); El último fantasma (2008); En torno al oficio de escritor (essay, 2014); Contigo en la distancia (2014).

Patriotic Stuff’ is an extract of the novel Las Kuitas del hombre mosca (Caracas: Alfaguara, Editorial Santillana, 2010).

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Liliana Lara

Liliana Lara (Caracas, 1971) is a Spanish teacher and lecturer. She is the author of the collections of short stories Los jardines de Salomón,winner of the narrative prize of the XVI Literary Biennial José Antonio Ramos Sucre in 2007, andTrampa – jaula (finalist of the Oswaldo Trejo short-story prize organised by Equinoccio in 2012). In 2013 her book Abecedario del estío earned her a place among the finalists of the XIII Cross-Genre Prize of the Foundation for Urban Culture. Her articles and short stories have appeared in regular publications and anthologies in Venezuela, Mexico, Poland and Germany. She presently lives in Israel.

The Body’ was originally published as ‘El cuerpo’ by the Venezuelan online portal Prodavinci in 2009.

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Gisela Kozak Rovero

Gisela Kozak Rovero (Venezuela, 1963) is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist and academic researcher. She holds a PhD and undergraduate degree in letters (Letras) and is a lecturer at the Central University of Venezuela. Her books include Venezuela, el país que siempre nace; Ni tan chéveres ni tan iguales: el cheverismo venezolano y otras formas del disimulo; En rojo; Todas las lunas; Latidos de Caracas; Literatura asediada; Rebelión en el Caribe Hispánico; Pecados de la capital; La catástrofe imaginaria. She has published opinion pieces in the national press and papers in specialised academic publications. She has taken part in international events, conducted seminars and delivered conferences at Stanford University, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO, Dominican Republic), the Université de Paris VIII and Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNAM). She has also been a guest researcher of the DADD at the Latin American Institute of Berlin. Her critical and creative writing has been recognised with a number of domestic and international awards.

Passion’ was originally published as ‘La pasión’ in the collection of short stories En rojo (Caracas: Editorial Alfa, 2011).

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