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A book cover, it has three colors, the upper part is orange, there is a white stripe in the middle and the lower part is purple. The title deployed is Fortuna del día and the author is Carlo Acevedo

Carlo Acevedo (Barranquilla, Colombia). An economist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. Author of Fortuna del día (Pre-Textos, 2019), written during his MFA at Iowa, and winner of the Arcipreste de Hita International Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Nuevo sentimentario (Luna Libros, 2019) and 52 semanas (Entropía Editions, 2019), and he has been a contributor to journals such as Arcadia Magazine and Literal Magazine.

 The upper part is red and has the title, "La desaparición del paisaje" by author Maximiliano Barrientos. The picture shows a car that seems buried in the ground and three people trying to fix that

Maximiliano Barrientos (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia). Winner of the National Prize for Literature of Santa Cruz with his book of stories Diario (El Cuervo Editorial, 2009). With Periférica Editions, he has published the books Fotos tuyas cuando empiezas a envejecer (2011) and Hoteles (2011). A university professor, he also teaches workshops on creative writing and film criticism.


 it shows a big picture of outer space, and in it the contrast between what could be the proximity of a big star, like the sun with black on the sides. The title is "Un mundo huérfano" by athor Giuseppe Caputto

Giuseppe Caputto (Barranquilla, Colombia). In addition to being a graduate of the MFA of Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, he is also a graduate of the MFA program at NYU. He specializes in queer and gender studies. Author of poetry and fiction, he has published the novels Un mundo huérfano (Random House Literature, 2016), written during his MFA at Iowa, published in English as An Orphan World (Charco Press, 2019), winner of the English Pen Award, and Estrella madre (Random Literature House, 2020). For several years he worked as director of cultural content for the Bogotá International Book Fair. In 2017 he was included in the Bogotá 39 list of the best young writers in Spanish.


 the main color is black, the cover deploys figures that seem to be done with scraps of paper, one shows what seems to be a flask, other a star and there is a drawing of a pair of glasses

Andrea Chapela (Mexico City, Mexico). Studied chemistry at UNAM. She has received grants h from the Fonca in the Young Creators Program and from the Madrid City Council at the Residencia de Estudiantes. She won the Gilberto Owen 2018 National Literature Prize for short stories and the 2019 Juan José Arreola National Prize. She is the author of the fantasy saga Vâudïz. In 2021 she was selected by Granta magazine for its list of the best young fiction writers in Spanish.  




    Elisa Ferrer. In the lower part there is a picture of a girl in a beach under an umbrella wearing a bathing suit          

Elisa Ferrer (L'Alcúdia de Crespins, Valencia, Spain). She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Valencia, and a diploma in Film and Television Writing from the Madrid Film School. She worked as a television scriptwriter and as a feature film script analyst for the RTVE Fiction Department. She has published articles and poems in magazines such as Temporales and Contratiempo. She won the Tusquets Award for her novel Temporada de avispas (Tusquets, 2019), written during her MFA at Iowa.




 the title is "Antes de que tiréis mis cosas", it appears in white letters on the left. There seems to be two pictures combined, one of a city and cars passing and other of the interior of a house. the colors are red and violet

Violeta Gil (Hoyuelos, Spain). She studied English Philology at the Complutense University and acting at the Royal High School of Dramatic Art. She is co-founder of the theater company “La Tristura”, created in 2005. In 2019 she published the poetry book Antes de que tiréis mis cosas (Arrebato Libros, 2019), written during her MFA at Iowa.






 the color in the background is white, the title is "Raíces aéreas" and the author Patricia Gonzalo de Jesús. The cover depicts small drawings of women whose bodies are mixed with shapes of mushrooms   


 Patricia Gonzalo de Jesús (Barcelona, ​​Spain). She has a degree in Slavic Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Master's degree in Publishing from the University of Salamanca. A translator from Czech, Slovak and Russian, she has translated authors such as Joseph Brodksy, Karel Capek, Arnost Lustig and Adrienne Rich. Author of the book of poems Raíces Aéreas, written during her MFA in Iowa (La bella Varsovia, 2016).

 the cover shows a picture of a winter landscape with a lake in the middle in which a group of people, about eight, are inside of the water playing. In the lower part of the cover there is the title "este frío no es nuestro", and author Helena Mariño

Helena Mariño (Madrid, Spain). She has a degree in Law and Political Science from the Autonomous University, and in Comparative Literature from the Complutense University. She is the author of the book Este frío no es nuestro (Entropía Ediciones, 2019), written during her MFA at Iowa. Her poems can be read in The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, Into the Void Magazine, The Platform Review and GTF press, among other publications.

 the upper part of the image has a plain brown color and the title ot the book and author. These are "Veteranos de la guerra del día", author Pablo Otonello. In the lower part of the cover there are two old pictures in black and white overlapped, one of a big space and other o a person weraing a mask

Pablo Otonello (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He studied Political Science at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He has worked as a screenwriter, director, and assistant director in Argentina. He has published the story collections Quiero ser artista (Tenemos las máquinas, 2017) and El verano de los peces muertos (Marciana, 2017), and the novel Veteranos de la guerra del día (Entropía, 2018).



 the cover has a picture in the background, of what seems like a bar with people a person seated drinking, wering a Texas style hat and two people that work on the bar. There are mexican typical banners hanging and a yellow strip where the title and author are. The title is Texarkana and the author Iván Parra García.  

Iván Parra García (Bogotá, Colombia). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature and Translation at the University of Michigan. He translates from German to English for the literary translation magazine Absinthe. His stories and essays have been translated into English and published in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. In 2021 he published his short story collection Texarkana (Sudaquia Editores), written during his MFA at Iowa.


 the cover is white, it shows the title of the book and author in the upper part. The title is "Tomacorrientes inalámbricos" and the author Efraín Villanueva. In the lower part there is a picture of a fridge with decoration typical of Colombia and also papers written in German

Efraín Villanueva (Barranquilla, Colombia). He studied Creative Writing at the Central University, in Colombia. He has published the novel Tomacorrientes inalámbricos (Collage Editores, 2017), written during his MFA at Iowa, wich won the Barranquilla District Award, and the short story collection Guía para buscar lo que no has perdido (National Short Story Award from the Industrial University of Santander, 2018). He has collaborated with magazines in Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

 most of the cover shows a picture of an arm and a hand. The arm has a tatoo in the forearm that has a picture of a woman in red ink. In the lower part we can see the author's name, Miguel Serrano Larraz and the title of the book, Cuántas cosas hemos visto desaparecer.

Miguel Serrano Larraz (Zaragoza, Spain). He studied Physical Sciences and Spanish Philology. He has published the short-story collection Órbita (Candaya, 2009) and the books of poems Me aburro (2006), La sección rítmica (2007), Insultus morbi primus (2011), Angor animi (2015) and El testaferro (2021). He is author of the novels Un breve adelanto de las memorias de Manuel Troyano (Eclipsados, 2008), Los hombres que no ataban a las mujeres (2010), Autopsia (Candaya, 2013) and Cuántas cosas hemos visto desaparecer (Candaya, 2020), written during his MFA at Iowa.