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.