Gilda Holst

Gilda Holst Molestina (Guayaquil, 1952) is an Ecuadorian writer and university professor. Her narrative makes use of humor and irony, in addition to the treatment of themes related to gender inequality. She began her literary career in the 1980s. In 1985, she entered the literary workshops of writer Miguel Donoso Pareja. She has also dedicated herself to teaching, working for several years as a professor of literature at the Catholic University, where she eventually directed the School of Letters. She wrote the novel “Dar con ella” (2000) and 3 books of short stories, “Más sin nombre que nunca” (1989), “Turba de signos” (1995), and “Bumerán” (2006). Her stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies, including in English translation in “Cruel Fictions, Cruel Realities: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers” (1997) edited and translated by Kathy S. Leonard. (2006). In 2021, Editorial Cadáver Exquisito published her Complete Works.

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Maritza Cino

Maritza Cino Alvear (Guayaquil, 1957) is an Ecuadorian poet and university professor. She has published 8 poetry collections and a collection of 23 short stories entitled “Días frívolos” [Frivolous Days]. Her poems have appeared in Latin American and Spanish magazines, as well as U.S.-based online magazines. In addition, some of her poetry has been translated into English, Italian and French. Her latest poetry collection “El temblor de los huertos” [The Tremor of the Orchards] was published in 2022.

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Maria Cecilia Corella

Maria Cecilia Corella Ramírez (Daule, September 9, 1967) is an Ecuadorian writer, poet, and cultural promoter. She has authored five books: “Poesías amatorias,” “Poemas Corellanos,” “La voz de los Daulis,” “Versos caminantes,” and “Daulis.” From 1985 to 2015, she was the editor of La Voz de los Daulis, a literary, historical, and cultural magazine. She hosts a local cultural TV show Viernes de Cultura y literatura on DV Daule Vision. She is presently the president of the Corporación Cultural Daule, whose cultural event, Sofá Cultural, aims to promote Daule’s literature, dance, music, inlay, and other forms of artistic expressions. She is a member of the World Hispanic Union of Writers and the Union of Writers and Artists of Tarija.

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Olga Caro

Olga Caro Alda (April 25, 1949) is a French author, Hispanist, university professor and lecturer. Her parents were both Spaniards. She holds a PhD in the Spanish language, and has taught Latin American literature and culture at the Université du Maine, Le Mans, France. She is an expert on the works of Ecuadorian novelist Jorge Icaza. Her interest in Icaza led her to Ecuador in 1994, where she searched through libraries for information on the author. She met Icaza’s widow, Marina Moncayo, who opened the doors to her home as well as the author’s own archives, which Caro studied, photocopied and photographed. In a library she discovered two of Icaza’s long-lost stories, “Patrón Rafico,” published under the title “Capítulo para una novela inédita” (1945) and “Fantasía reincidente” (1960). After telling Marina about her find, Marina remarked: “It’s incredible, Jorge was looking for them to publish them and he couldn’t find them!” With the agreement of Icaza’s daughters, Fenia and Cristina, in 2005 Caro published a book entitled “Nouvelles de Jorge Icaza et études critiques” [Short stories by Jorge Icaza and critical studies], which included the two stories, as well as eight essays written by Caro about Icaza in previous years. She has also written essays on Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Luis Alberto Bravo

Luis Alberto Bravo (Milagro, 1979)​ is an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer, and poet. His poetry collectioms include “Antropología pop” (2010) and “Utolands” (2011). In 2011, the Guadalajara International Book Festival named him one of the 25 best kept literary secrets of Latin America. He has authored the novels “Septiembre” (2013), “Hotel Bartleby” (2013), “El jardinero de los Rolling Stones” (2016), and  “Crow” (2017). In 2022, he won the Jose Donoso Pareja Narrative Award for his short novel “Asia,” which blends fact and fiction in the retelling of a trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador, taken by American writer and artist William Burroughs in the 1950s.

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Jaroslav Kuchválek

Jaroslav Kuchválek (Kardašova Řečice, Czechoslovakia, April 7, 1910 – Prague, Czech Republic, April 13, 1973) was a Spanish and Portuguese to Czech translator, Hispanist, professor, and diplomat. In 1947, he and Miroslav Paťava co-translated Ecuador’s most famous novel “Huasipungo” by Jorge Icaza into Czech as “Indiánská pole” (literally, Indian Fields). He graduated in French Philology in 1934 and earned a PhD in Spanish Philology in 1952, both from Charles University in the Czech Republic. In 1946 he became a member of the communist party. He translated the works of a number of left-wing Spanish and Latin American writers such as Jorge Amado, Pablo Neruda and Alfredo Varela into Czech. From 1946 to 1951, he worked as a Spanish lecturer and later as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He taught Spanish courses, led seminars, and hosted Latin American writers. From 1954 to 1971, he dedicated himself to diplomatic work in his country, Brazil, the United States and Mexico.

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