Luis Aguilar Monsalve

Luis Aguilar Monsalve (Cuenca, October 7, 1942) is an Ecuadorian writer, literary critic and university professor. He is a numerary member of the Ecuadorian Language Academy. He has written over 20 books of short stories. He also authored a novel titled “En busca de sor Edwina Marie” (2018). As editor, he published a Spanish/English bilingual anthology of Ecuadorian short stories. He has taught at universities in the United States and Ecuador. He is professor emeritus at Hanover College.

Awards and recognitions

  • Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Academic Activity (2013).
  • Fray Vicente Solano Award for distinguished educator and creative writer (2012).
  • Numerary member of the Academia Ecuatoriana de la Lengua [Ecuadorian Language Academy] (2012).
  • Member of Grupo América (1996).

Education and teaching career

Aguilar Monsalve earned a BA from Loyola Marymount University, an MA from Claremont Graduate University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1982 through 1995, he taught language, culture, and literature at UCLA. He was a Professor of Latin American Literature, Political Science, and International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito from 1995 to 2001. He was also a visiting assistant professor and writer-in-residence at Wabash College from 2001 to 2006. From 2006 until 2016, he was a professor of Latin American literature and cultures at Hanover College where he is professor emeritus.


Luis Aguilar-Monsalve speaks about Magic Realism. Uploaded to YouTube 2018.


Year of PublicationLiterary workGenre
2022Antología del cuento infantil y juvenil ecuatoriano SK Editorial ISBN: 978-9942-42-458-7Anthology
2021Herederos de las sombrasFlash Fiction
2020DisfrazFlash Fiction
2019Antología del Microcuento EcuatorianoAnthology
2019If Winter ComesFlash Fiction
2018The Stitch of SilenceShort Stories
2017Antología bilingüe del cuento ecuatoriano de inicios del siglo XXI (Bilingual Anthology of the Ecuadorian Short Story of the Beginnings of the 21st Century)Anthology
2015Y el hombre dio su vuelta en ochenta mundos… (Homenaje a Julio Cortázar) (1914-2014)Essay
2014Escombros de humo (Cuentos para jóvenes)Short Stories
2013Breve historia y crítica de los movimientos literarios en HispanoaméricaEssay
2010Mínimo mirador: microrrelatosFlash Fiction
2009Imágenes y otras historiasShort Stories
2008En busca de sor Edwina Marie: novelaNovel
2006La otra cara del tiempo y otros cuentosShort Stories
2005Al otro lado de mi voz y otros cuentosShort Stories
2004Dejen pasar al viento: cuentosShort Stories
2003Creo que se ha dicho que vuelvo: cuentosShort Stories
2001La otra cara del tiempo: cuentosShort Stories
2000Breve antología del relatoShort Stories
1999El umbral del silencio: cuentosShort Stories
1995Huellas y silencios: cuentosShort Stories
1986A través de una rendijaShort Stories
1979Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco y su novela socio-políticaEssay

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