Gustavo Garzón

César Gustavo Garzón Guzmán (Quito, June 8, 1958) was an Ecuadorian writer and literary critic who disappeared on the night of November 9, 1990. On January 28, 2021 the Ecuadorian state acknowledge responsibility for his forced disappearance before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. When he disappeared, the 32-year-old writer was living in Quito, where he was working on his doctoral thesis in Letters at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. On the night of November 9, 1990, he went out with a group of friends to a disco and his family never saw him again. In 1980 he joined the literary workshop of Miguel Donoso Pareja at the House of Ecuadorian Culture and co-founded the literary group “La Mosca Zumba.”

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Jennie Carrasco Molina

Jennie Carrasco Molina (Ambato, 1955) is an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, editor, university professor and holistic therapist. She has worked with the press and on women’s issues. Her works include the short story book “La diosa en el espejo” (1995), poetry book “Arañas en mi vestido de seda” (2001), and novel “Viaje a ninguna parte” (2004). In 2011 her poetry book “Confesiones apocalípticas” won the prestigious Jorge Carrera Andrade Prize. Some of her poems have been translated into English.

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Carlett Decker Santistevan

Carlett Miroslava Decker Santistevan (Guayaquil, 1996) is an Ecuadorian writer, screenwriter, filmmaker and director. She has a degree in Cinema from the University of the Arts with a mention in directing and screenwriting. Her short stories have been published in online magazines such as Letralia and Extrañas Noches.

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Carlos Vásconez

Carlos Francisco Vásconez Gomezcoello (Cuenca, May 16, 1977) is an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer, essayist, columnist and educator who has published short stories and novels since 1999. He is the president of the PEN Center Ecuador and was the president of the Azuay branch of the House of Ecuadorian Culture from 2011-2016. He is the vice-rector and a teacher at Las Pencas Educational Unit in Cuenca, Ecuador. He is also a professor at the School of Language and Literature at the University of Cuenca. He is the director of the newspaper La columna del invertebrado and is part of the Editorial Board of the cultural magazine Arrebol. He has been a columnist for several magazines and newspapers, such as Rocinante, Diners, BG Magazine, Cartón Piedra and La Casa. He has prefaced several anthologies of Ecuadorian short stories and poetry.

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Rommel Manosalvas

Rommel Manosalvas (Quito, circa 1993) is an Ecuadorian writer, booktuber and architect. In 2019 his short story “Disforia” was published in the anthology “Los que vendrán 20-20” by the publisher Cactus Pink. In 2020 he won the second “Writing World Cup” for his short story “Abuelita,” beating 5400 participants in 42 nations. As a booktuber he creates videos about literature for his YouTube channel. He is currently working on his first novel.

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César Chávez Aguilar

César Chávez Aguilar (Tulcán, Ecuador, 1970) is an Ecuadorian writer, bibliographer and librarian. He studied law at the Central University of Ecuador. His stories and essays have been published in national and international magazines such as: Línea Imaginaria, Letras del Ecuador, and Encuentros (National Magazine of Culture). He has carried out bibliographic research for the Municipality of Guayaquil and for the Benjamín Carrión Cultural Center in Quito, where he’s currently employed as the library director. In 2012 he published “Herir la perfección,” his first book of short stories.

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Alfonso Cuesta y Cuesta

Alfonso Cuesta y Cuesta (Cuenca, Ecuador, 1912 – Mérida, Venezuela, 1991) was an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer, poet and university professor. At the Central University of Venezuela he studied law, philosophy and literature, later earning postgraduate degrees in Santiago, Chile and Madrid, Spain. He taught high school level when he returned to Cuenca, and later became rector of the prestigious Benigno Malo School. Around this time, he became known as a writer and formed the Elán group. His first poetry book was Motivos nuestro (1930) and his first book of short stories was Llegada de todos los trenes del mundo (1932), for which he is recognized as one of the best representatives of the indigenist movement in early 20th century Ecuadorian literature. In 1940 Cuesta again left Ecuador and moved to Caracas, Venezuela to teach at the Liceo Fermín Toro (high school), from there he went on to teach at the Central University of Venezuela, he held a chair of literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of the Andes.

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Santiago Vizcaino

Santiago Vizcaíno Armijos (Quito, 1982) is an Ecuadorian poet, novelist and short story writer. He has a degree in Communications and Literature from the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador (PUCE). He has worked as an editor at the newspaper Hoy, the Office of Publications of the House of Ecuadorian Culture, and the magazine Nuestro Patrimonio (Our Patrimony). In 2008 he published his first book of poetry, Devastacíon en la tarde (translated into English by Alexis Levitin as Destruction in the Afternoon) and a book-length study of the Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik, both of which received awards. In 2015, La Caída Editorial published a bilingual version of his short story collection “Matar a mamá/Matricide” with the English translation by Kimrey Anna Batts. In 2017 Vizcaíno published his debut novel Complejo. Vizcaíno is currently the Director of the PUCE Center for Publications.

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José Alfredo Llerena

José Alfredo Llerena (Guayaquil, 1912—Quito, 1977) was an Ecuadorian poet, journalist, fiction writer, art critic and essayist. He is considered one of the leading cultivators and continuators of the modernist movement in Ecuador, and was a member of the literary group “the poets of Elan.” His most notable poetry book is Agonía y paisaje del caballo (1934), which contains 18 of the author’s poems. He also wrote a novel entitled Oleaje en la tierra (1955), and a book of short stories entitled Segunda vida de una santa (1953). His nonfiction books are: Aspectos de la fe artística (1938) and Ecuador, perfil de su progreso (1960).

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Édison Gabriel Paucar

Edison Gabriel Paucar Tufiño is an Ecuadorian novelist, short story writer and journalist. He was born in Quito on July 29, 1988. In 2012 his book of short stories Malas compañías y otros caballos de Troya won the Joaquín Gallegos Lara Prize. Paucar’s first novel Mientras llega la lluvia (2017) was a finalist of the North Texas Book Festival Award and received honorable mention at the Darío Guevara Mayorga Prize. Since 2019 he has worked as a journalist at La Hora newspaper.

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Miguel Antonio Chávez

Miguel Antonio Chávez Balladares (Guayaquil, June 7, 1979) is an Ecuadorian novelist and short story writer. His first short story book was Círculo vicioso para principiantes (2005). It was followed by the novel La maniobra de Heimlich (2010), the theater piece La kriptonita del Sinaí y otras piezas breves (2013), and the novel Conejo ciego en Surinam (2013). In 2007 he was a finalist for Radio France Internationale’s Juan Rulfo Prize with the story La puta madre patria. In 2011 he was named “one of the 25 best kept secrets in Latin American literature” by the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

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Santiago Páez

Santiago Páez Gallegos is an Ecuadorian writer of novels, short stories and science fiction. He was born in Quito in 1958. He has studied law, anthropology, and literature in Quito, and earned a PhD in Communications in Madrid, Spain. He is the author of A La Voz Del Carnaval (1992), a study of ethnological and semiology analysis, Profundo en la Galaxia (1994, 2nd Edition, 2003), a book of stories and winner of the José de la Cuadra Prize and Joaquín Gallegos Lara Prize, and the novels, La Reina Mora (1997, 2nd Edition, 1998), finalist of the 1997 Ecuadorian Novel Biennial, Los Archivos de Hilarión (1998), Shamanes y Reyes (1999), and Condena Madre (2000).

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Alejandro Carrión Aguirre

Alejandro Carrión Aguirre was a poet, novelist and journalist. He was born in Loja on March 11, 1915 and died in Quito on January 4, 1992. He wrote numerous poetry books, short story books, and the novel La espina (1959). As a journalist he published many articles under the pseudonym “Juan Sin Cielo.” He was the nephew of the writer Benjamín Carrión and the natural scientist Clodoveo Carrión. He was a recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize (1961) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also was awarded the Eugenio Espejo Award (1981), Ecuador’s highest literary honor.

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Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco

Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco was an Ecuadorian novelist, essayist, journalist, historian and statesman. He was born in Guayaquil on October 12, 1908 and died in Quito on May 1, 1993. He was part of a literary group called the “Group of Guayaquil,” whose members utilized realism in their stories. The other members of the group were José de la Cuadra, Joaquin Gallegos Lara, Demetrio Aguilera Malta and Enrique Gil Gilbert. Among the many government posts he held throughout his lifetime, he was elected to the Constituent Assembly in 1944 and was made Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1979. In 1979 he was awarded the Eugenio Espejo Award, the most important literary prize in Ecuador.

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