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    José Juan Arrom (Cuba) (1910 – 2007) José Juan ArromJosé Juan Arrom was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1910. As a professor at Yale University for nearly forty years, he was a pioneer of Hispanic Studies in the United States authoring over 150 academic articles and conference talks. His four books include: Historia de la literatura dramática cubana” (A History of Cuban […]
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    Juan Rulfo (Mexico) (1917-1986) Juan Rulfo Juan Rulfo was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1917. He wrote one novel, Pedro Páramo (1955), one novella, El gallo de oro (The Golden Cock) (1980), and one collection of short stories, El llano en llamas (The Burning Plain) (1953); the latter includes the story “¡Diles que no me maten!” (“Tell them not […]
    • Date: 1917
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    Jorge Amado (Brazil) (1912-2001) Jorge Amado Jorge Amado was born in Itabuna, Brazil in 1912. He wrote close to forty books, over half are novels and the remainder are biographies, chronicles, children’s books, poetry, travel guides, plays, and a memoir. The modernist novels that garnered him international acclaim include, Terras do sem-fim (The Violent Land) (1943), Gabriela, cravo e […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Gabriela Mistral (Chile) (1889-1957) Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga. She was born in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry, including Desolación (Desolation) (1922), Ternura (Tenderness) (1924), and Tala (Felling) (1938). Mistral was the first Hispanic writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The […]
    • Date: 1889
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    Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spain) (1881-1958) Juan Ramón Jiménez Juan Ramón Jiménez was born in Moguer, Spain in 1881. He wrote several poetry collections, although he disavowed several of them years later. He is best known for Platero y yo (Platero and I) (1914), a collection of deceptively simple prose poems about a man and his donkey. His trajectory has been […]
    • Date: 1881
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    Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina) (1899-1986) Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1899. He wrote close to fifty collections of essays, short stories, and poems. El idioma de los argentinos (The Language of the Argentines) (1928), Ficciones (Fictions) (1944), and Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923) are respectively noteworthy representations of his feats in each […]
    • Date: 1899
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    Julio Cortázar (Argentina) (1914-1984) Julio Cortázar Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1914 to Argentine parents, and was brought up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He acquired French citizenship years after seeking political exile. He is the author of five novels, including Los premios (The Winners) (1960), Libro de Manuel (A Manual for Manuel) (1973) and Rayuela (Hopscotch) […]
    • Date: 1914
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    Pablo Neruda (Chile) (1904-1973) Pablo Neruda Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto was born in Parral, Chile in 1904. He adopted the pseudonym Pablo Neruda in 1920 and changed his name legally in 1946. He is the author of more than fifty books, most of them books of poetry such as Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Twenty Love […]
    • Date: 1904
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    Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua) (1925-) Ernesto Cardenal credit: Center for Inter-American Relations Ernesto Cardenal was born in 1925 in Granada, Nicaragua. He is the author of close to fifty books, mainly poetry collections and epic poems, such as Salmos (Psalms) (1964), La hora cero y otros poemas (Zero Hour and Other Documentary Poems) (1971), and Cántico cósmico (Cosmic Canticle) (1990). […]
    • Date: 1925
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    Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) (1928-2014) Gabriel García Márquez Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia in 1928. He is the author of ten novels and novellas, including Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) (1967), El otoño del patriarca (The Autumn of the Patriarch) (1975), and El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time […]
    • Date: 1928
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    Octavio Paz (Mexico) (1914-1998) Octavio Paz Credit: Nina Subin Octavio Paz was born in Mexico City in 1914. He wrote close to sixty books; half are collections of poetry, including his masterworks Libertad bajo palabra (Liberty under Oath) (1949) and the poem, Piedra de sol (Sunstone) (1957). The remainder are collected essays, including his sociocultural analysis of Mexico, El […]
    • Date: 1914
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    Nélida Piñon (Brazil) (1937–) Nélida Piñon Nélida Piñon was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 3, 1937. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including her novels Guia-mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (1961), Madeira feita de cruz (1963), Fundador (1969), A casa da paixão (1972), Tebas do meu coração (1974), A força do destino (1977), A […]
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    Amanda Berenguer (Uruguay) (1921-2010) Amanda Berenguer Amanda Berenguer was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1921. She is the author of more than fifteen collections of poetry, including Quehaceres e invenciones (Chores and Inventions) (1963), Composición de lugar (Composition of Place) (1976), and La dama de Elche (The Lady of Elche) (1987). Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies […]
    • Date: 1921
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    Francisco Jiménez (U.S. Latino) (1943-) Francisco Jiménez Francisco Jiménez was born in Tlaquepaque, Mexico in 1943. He immigrated to California with his family when he was four years old, but did not become a naturalized U.S. citizen till 1965. He is the author of two children’s books and three collections of autobiographical short stories, including The Circuit (1997) and Breaking […]
    • Date: 1943
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    Ariel Dorfman (Chile) (1942–) Ariel Dorfman Ariel Dorfman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1942. He was brought up in Chile and obtained citizenship in 1967. He is the author of several novels including Viudas (Widows)(1981) and La Muerte y la Doncella (Death and the Maiden) (1992), as well as of a number of plays, poetry and short-story […]
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    Juan Bruce-Novoa (U.S. Latino) (1944–2010) Juan Bruce-Novoa Juan Bruce-Novoa was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1944 and raised in the United States. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Inocencia perversa/Perverse Innocence (1976), the novel Only the Good Times (1995), and the book of short stories Manuscrito de origen (Manuscript of Origin) (1995). He […]
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    Léon Gontran Damas (French Guiana) (1912-1978) Léon Gontran Damas Léon Gontran Damas was born in Cayenne, French Guiana in 1912. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including Pigments (1937) and Névralgies (Neuralgias) (1966), and one collection of short stories, Veillées noires (Black Wakes) (1943). He also published three books of essays, including the ethnological study, Retour de Guyane […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Zee Edgell (Belize) (1940-) Zee Edgell Zee Edgell was born in Belize City in 1940. She is the author of four novels including Beka Lamb (1982), In Times Like These (1991), and Time and the River (2007). Her short story, “My Uncle Theophilus” was published in The Caribbean Writer in 1998. Edgell was awarded the Fawcett Society Book Prize […]
    • Date: 1940
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    Jorge Arbeleche (Uruguay) (1943–) Jorge Arbeleche Jorge Arbeleche was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1943. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, among them Sangre de la luz (Light-blood, 1968), Los instantes (The instants, 1970), Alta noche (High night, 1979) and Casa de la piedra negra (House of the black rock, 1983), and more recently, La sagrada familia […]
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    Rei Berroa (1949- ), Dominican Republic Rei Berroa Rei Berroa was born in the Dominican Republic in 1949. He has published more than 40 books of poetry, literary criticism, and poetry anthologies. Some of his books of poetry include Libro de los dones y los bienes (Book of Gifts and Assets) (2013, 2010), Otridades (Othernesses) (2010), and Libro de los fragmentos […]
    • Date: 1949
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    Argentina Díaz Lozano (Honduras) (1912-1999) Argentina Díaz Lozano Argentina Díaz Lozano was born in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras in 1912. She wrote eight novels, including Peregrinaje (Pilgrimage) (1944) and Mayapán (1950). She also wrote two short story collections, including Perlas de mi rosario (Pearls of My Rosary) (1930), along with several volumes of essays and biographies. Díaz Lozano was […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Blanca Wiethüchter (Bolivia) (1947-2004) Blanca Wiethüchter Blanca Wiethüchter was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1947. She is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including Asistir al tiempo (Assisting Time) (1975) and La Piedra que labra otra piedra (The Stone that Plows another Stone) (1999). She has also written essays, short stories, and one novel—El jardín de Nora […]
    • Date: 1947
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    Luís Amorim de Sousa (Portugal) (1937-) Luís Amorim de Sousa Luís Amorim de Sousa was born in Angola in 1937. He was raised in Lisbon and Mozambique and identifies himself as Portuguese. He is the author of four poetry collections, including Signo da Balança (Sign of Libra) (1968), Nort a sul (North to South) (1981) and Oceanografia (Oceanography) (1984). In addition […]
    • Date: 1937