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Vol. 13, No. 1

Volume 13, Number 1
Spring 2009/The Latin American Issue

Daniel Alarcón and Diego Trelles Paz are guest editors of the Spring 2009 / Latin American Issue.

Daniel Alarcón is associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning monthly magazine published in his native Lima, Peru. His novel, Lost City Radio, won the 2008 PEN USA Award.

Diego Trelles Paz was born in Lima, Peru, in 1977. He published the story collection Hudson, el redentor (Hudson, The Redeemer) in 2001 and the novel El círculo de los escritores asesinos (The Circle of Murderous Writers) in 2005. He is a professor at Binghamton University, SUNY and the editor of El futuro no es nuestro (The Future Is Not Ours), 2009, an anthology of short stories by young Latin American writers.

Inés Bortagaray is the author of the story collection Ahora tendré que matarte (Now I'll Have to Kill You) and the novella Prontos, listos, ya (Ready, Set, Go). With Ana Katz, she wrote the screenplay for the film Una novia errante (A Wandering Bride). She lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Guillermo del Toro is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker whose credits include Cronos, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He is writing and directing an adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Aura Estrada (1977–2007) was simultaneously studying for her Ph.D. at Columbia University and her M.F.A. at Hunter College at the time of her passing. Her stories, nonfiction, and reviews have been published in Etiqueta Negra, Letras Libres, Bookforum, Boston Review, Words Without Borders, and other publications. Almadía Press will publish a collection of her writings in November 2009.

Rodrigo Hasbún was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1981. He has published a collection of short stories, Cinco (Five), and a novel, El lugar del cuerpo (The Place of the Body). The awards for his work include the Santa Cruz de la Sierra National Prize for Literature and the Unión Latina Prize for New Short Latin American Narrative, and he was among the Bogotá39.

Ronaldo Menéndez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1970. His books include three story collections—Alguien se va lamiendo todo (Someone's Going Around Licking Everything), which won the David de Cuba Prize in 1990; El derecho al pataleo de los ahorcados (The Right of the Hanged to Kick), which won the Casa de las Américas prize in 1997; and De modo que esto es la muerte (So This Is Death), 2002—and three novels: La piel de Insesa (Inesa's Skin), which won the Lengua de Trapo Narrative Prize in 1999; Las bestias (The Beasts), 2006; and Río Quibú (Quibú River), 2008.

Patricio Pron was born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1975. He is the author of two story collections—Hombres infames (Infamous Men), 1999; and El vuelo magnífico de la noche (The Magnificent Flight of the Night), 2002—and three novels: Nadadores muertos (Dead Swimmers), 2001; Una puta mierda (Fucking Shit), 2007; and El comienzo de la primavera (The Beginning of Spring), 2008. The awards for his work include the Juan Rulfo Short Story Prize in 2004 and the Jáen Novel Prize in 2008.

Carolina Sanín was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1973. Her first novel, Todo en otra parte (Everything Somewhere Else), was published in 2005. She is also the author of an intellectual biography of Alfonso X of Castile and two books of humor published under a pseudonym. She teaches Spanish literature at Purchase College, SUNY.

Veronica Stigger was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1973. She is the author of O trágico e outras comédias (The Tragedy and Other Comedies) and Gran cabaret demenzial (The Great Demential Cabaret).

Antonio Ungar was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1974. His stories have been translated into seven languages and have appeared in fifteen anthologies. His most recent novel is Las orejas del lobo (The Ears of the Wolf).

Alejandro Zambra was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1975. He has published two books of poetry—Bahía inútil (Useless Bay), 1998; and Mudanza (The Move), 2003—and the novellas Bonsái (Bonsai), 2006; and La vida privada de los árboles (The Private Life of Trees), 2007. The North American edition of Bonsai (Mellville House, translation by Carolina De Robertis) was named by Three Percent as one of the ten best translated books of 2008.

Slavko Zupcic, a psychiatrist and writer, was born in Valencia, Venezuela, in 1970. He has published three collections of stories—Dragi Sol (Dragi Sun), 1989; Vinko Spolovtiva, ¿quién te mató? (Vinko Spolovtiva, Who Killed You?), 1990; and 583104: Pizzas Pizzas Pizzas, 1995—the novel for children Giuliana Labolita: el caso de Pepe Toledo (Giuliana Labolita: The Case of Pepe Toledo), 2006; and Tres novelas (Three Novels), 2006. He lives in Valencia, Spain.

Guest Designer:

Guillermo del Toro is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker whose credits include Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He is writing and directing an adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

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