Alberto Fuguet (Chile, IWP '94) is a fiction writer, film critic, and director. Of his eight novels in Spanish, the best-seller Mala Onda (1991) appeared in English as Bad Vibes; The Movies of My Life was published in the US in 2003; the story collection Shorts appeared in 2005. [Road Story], a graphic novel came out in 2007. Fuguet has directed, written, or co-written five films. He is a Writer-in-Residence and teaches at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile.
Matías CORREA (fiction writer; Chile) has taught philosophy, curated for an art gallery, has worked as a columnist for the supplement Zona de Contacto and the national daily El Mercurio, and is currently an editor at Groupon LatAm. His first novel, Geografía de lo inútil, was published in 2010. He is currently working on his second novel, Esto no es un libro de autoayuda. His participation is supported through a grant from the Universidad Finis Terrae.
Cristián GÓMES is a professor at Diego Portales University, a regular contributor to well-known magazines, and a dynamic promoter of poetry, and the winner, in 2002, of the prize “El Vina Y La Poesia,” sponsored by Fundación Pablo Neruda and El Mercurio Newspaper. Besides his three collections of poetry, he has edited the Anthology of Chilean Poetry (1999), and surveyed his country’s poetic landscape in his Panorama of Modern Chilean Poetry (2001). He is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.
Gonzalo GARCES. A professor of creative writing at the Catholic University of Chile, Garces is the author of Diciembre [December] (1997), Los Impacientes [The Impatient Ones] (2000), and El Futuro [The Future] (2003). His short tories and essays have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Letras Libres, El Mercurio, Ñ, La Nación, La Joven Guardia, Palabra de América, and El Futuro no es nuestro. He is the recipient of the 1990 Colihue Short Story Award, as well as the 2000 Biblioteca Breve Award.
Alberto FUGUET is coeditor of Se Habla Español (Miami: Alfaguara, 2000), an anthology of Latin American authors writing, in Spanish, about the United States. In 1996 he published the notorious "McOndo," (a pun of the famous Macondo from Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude) an anthology of fiction by Latin American writers under 35. His anti-magical realist novel Mala Onda (Bad Vibes) was a bestseller for several weeks in 1991, and in 1989 his collection of short stories, Sobredosis, received the Santiago Municipal Award.
Kurt FOLCH is nationally recognized for his creative work. He has published two volumes of poetry, Nocturnal Trip (1996) and Thera (2002), and several translations of English literature, including Marianne Moore's poetry and Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, receiving awards and scholarships along the way. At the same time he has facilitated creative poetry workshops at both universities, and at private cultural centers. He is participating courtesy of the Department of State.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.