Alumni & Their Books
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.