Gonzalo Espinel Cedeño

Gonzalo Espinel Cedeño (Guayaquil, September 1, 1937 – Unknown) was an esteemed poet. He was the legitimate son of Jorge Espinel Barreiro, a native of Rocafuerte, and Bertha Cedeño Chica from Bahía de Caráquez. Growing up, Gonzalo faced early hardships, losing his mother at the age of eight. Despite these challenges, he developed a love for literature and began writing sonnets, influenced by the literary environment fostered by his sister, Ileana Espinel Cedeño, a member of the Club 7. Gonzalo started working at a young age to support himself financially and embarked on a successful career in the banking sector. However, his true passion remained poetry, and he gained recognition for his lyrical and heartfelt compositions. Over the years, he published several poetry collections, including “Estatura de la yerba,” “Arenas al Viento,” “Láminas del agua,” and “Vertiente honda.” Gonzalo Espinel Cedeño is regarded as one of Ecuador’s essential poets, known for his mastery of the sonnet form.

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Grupo Umbral [the Umbral Group]

Grupo Umbral [the Umbral Group] was a literary group founded in Quito in 1952 which included notable Ecuadorian authors such as Alfonso Barrera Valverde, César Dávila Torres, Eduardo Villacís, Eduardo Félix, Guillermo Ríos, Alicia Yánez Cossío, Walter Franco Serrano and César Ayala.

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