José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award
The University of Guadalajara, through a project created by the Environmental Sciences Museum as part of the University’s Cultural Center, and with the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, has established the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award. The prize, which will be given for the first time this year, will be dedicated to poetry. The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will be given a purse of US $10,000. The award is dedicated to poet José Emilio Pacheco, whose work explores the duality between cities and nature.
National Booksellers Award
Founded by the National Institute for the Professional Development of Booksellers, and in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, this award is granted to aid and encourage Mexican booksellers in continuing their education and becoming more competitive. The winner will be given $200,000 pesos to use for their project.
American Indigenous Literature Award
Created by the University of Guadalajara, and with the collaboration of the National Institute for Indigenous Languages, the Culture Ministry, the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Cultures and Jalisco’s Department of Education, the American Indigenous Literature Award is granted to enrich, protect and promote the legacy and richness of Mexico’s indigenous peoples through literature in all its forms, and to and acknowledge and further develop the careers and works of indigenous authors. The award, which carries a purse of US $25,000, will be given for the fourth time at the 2016 FIL Guadalajara.
SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People
The SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People was implemented in 2005, the year of Ibero-American literature, with the goal of promoting literature for children and young people throughout Ibero-America. The award is given out each year during the Guadalajara International Book Fair to recognize writers of literature for children and young people and carries a purse of US $30,000.
7th Ibero-American Illustration Catalog
With the goal of creating a network that helps to encourage the work of illustrators of books for children and young people in Ibero-America, the SM Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara invites illustrators to submit their work to be included in the 7th Annual Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The 45 works selected will be displayed in an exposition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In addition, illustrators will have the opportunity to work on an illustrated book with Ediciones SM and the winner will be given US $5,000. You can find more information at: www.iberoamericailustra.com
The Americas Award, instituted in 2011, is given by the Festival de la Palabra together with the Americas Foundation of Puerto Rico. The goal of the award is to place a spotlight on authors with works of great literary value, but which tend to be overlooked in awards circuits.
The award, which carries a US $25,000 purse, is a distinction given to writers chosen by a judging panel consisting of seven members of the Ibero-Latin American literary community. The award’s organizers define writer in its broadest sense, allowing essayists, novelists, critics and journalists who are familiar with today’s literary panorama in Ibero-America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, to participate.
Winners of the Americas Award include Arturo Fontaine Talavera from Chile (2011), Eduardo Berti from Argentina (2012), Juan López Bauzá from Puerto Rico (2013) and Claudia Salazar Jiménez from Peru (2014).
New Voices Award
The New Voices Award, instituted in 2012 and accompanied by a US $5,000 purse, is an important distinction given out at Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. The Writer’s Committee grants the award to a Puerto Rican author worthy of international recognition who is beginning their career in the world of literature.
Previous winners of the award include Carlos Vázquez (2014), Janette Becerra (2013) and Ángel Antonio Ruíz Laboy (2012).
The Festival de la Palabra says that the award recipients are authors “whose work reflects a superior creative talent, both in terms of style and thematic dialog within the literary world.” It is given among peers to authors with no more than four published works who have received positive, consistent critical acclaim, and show a commitment to the development of Puerto Rican literature in the country and abroad.
In fulfilling its mission to advocate Spanish-language literature and the recognition of its authors, the LIPP La Brasserie México is accepting nominations for publishers who regularly publish works of fiction for the 5th Annual LIPP Literature Award. Its French equivalent, the Le Prix Cazes Brasserie Lipp, was instituted in 1935 and is considered the most important literary award granted in Paris during the spring. The winning author will receive a cash prize of MXN $100,000, a trip to Paris and dinner at the French LIPP. All Spanish-language novel manuscripts presented by publishers demonstrating that they publish fiction are eligible to participate.
FIL 2019 Program
Pioneers. Women precursors of Mexican letters, under the gaze of three Chilean writers
Moderator: Julián Herbert
My name is Pía Barros. I was born in Melipilla in 1956. I studied a Bachelor of Spanish at the University of Santiago. Since 1978, I have devoted myself to my great passion—teaching literary workshops.
I am currently the Director of Ergo Sum Workshops and the publishing house Asterión. I have authored the following books: Miedos transitorios (1986), A horcajadas (1990), El tono menor del deseo (1991), Signos bajo la piel (1994), Ropa usada (2000), Lo que ya nos encontró (2001), Los que sobran (2003), Llamadas perdidas (2006), La Grandmother y otros (2007), El lugar del otro (2010) and Las tristes (2015).
My work is published in several anthologies and have been translated into multiple languages. Some of the distinctions I have received include The Municipality of Santiago’s Literary Games (1978), Altazor National Television Second Prize (2011) and Lygia Fagundes Telles (2015), granted during the 8th Jornadas de Mulhieres Escritoras in Brazil, among others.
I have been a writer in residence at the University of Oregon and I have given countless seminars and conferences for many United States universities. I regularly attend conferences to speak about topics such as literature and women, micro fiction, feminism, politics, and human rights.
Other activities involving the participant:
Latin America Viva
My name is Andrea Jeftanovic and I was born in Santiago. I studied a PhD in Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. I have published the novels Escenario de guerra (2000) and Geografía de la lengua (2007), as well as a volume of short stories called No aceptes caramelos de extraños (2018). In the non-fiction field, I authored Conversaciones con Isidora Aguirre (2009) and the essay Hablan los hijos (2017).
I write in that ambiguous sphere between memory and imagination. I write with the illusion of achieving an emotional syntaxis or in the seams of some limit.
In my secret curriculum vitae I am a lover of bicycles, dogs, travelling, and a chronic book underliner. In my official CV, I combine my literary work with theatre criticism for El Mercurio newspaper and teaching at the University of Santiago in Chile—the centripetal force behind everything is writing.
My name is Arelis Uribe. I am a journalist and writer. I was born in Santiago. In 2016, I published the book of short stories Quilras, which combines young mestizo women and the sexual awakening of online times. Thanks to this book, the following year I won the Best Literary Works Award, short story genre, from the Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. In 2017, I published Que explote todo, an anthology of furious and politicized opinion columns that I published as a journalist in different Chilean digital media such as The Clinic and El Dínamo. In 2019, I self-published the fanzine Cosas que pienso mientras fumo marihuana. I was also the Director of Communications for the feminist organization Observatorio Contra el Acoso Callejero, which promoted the Chilean law against sexual harassment in public spaces and the first presidential campaign of Frente Amplio—a new left-wing organization in Chile.
My stories and chronicles have received recognition in a range of Latin American literary competitions. I have been a writing lecturer at the University of Santiago and the University of Chile. Currently, I try to compose songs and I am studying a Master of Creative Writing at New York University.
Other activities involving the participant:
Latin America Viva
Writer, poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He is also a musician, teacher, and promoter of Mexican culture. He studied Spanish literature at the Autonomous University of Coahuila. He has been a literature professor at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), and the Autonomous University of Coahuila. He is an editor and promoter at the Cohuila Institute of Culture, editorial adviser for Diágolo Cultural entre las Fronteras de México y Desierto Modo. He is a contributor for Babelia (a supplement of El País newspaper, Spain), La Jornada Semanal, Periódico de Poesía, Tierra Adentro, Crítica, Letras Libres. He has translated poems by W.H. Auden, George Mackay Brown, Anthony Hecht, Alfred Tennyson, and William Carthwright. Grant holder in the Young Creators’ Program at National Fund for Culture and Arts (Fonca) in 1999, 2001, and 2004.
He debuted in literature with an anthology of short stories entitled Soldados muertos (1993). He would later write four poetry collections and in 2004 he published his first novel, Un mundo infiel (2004). He has authored literary essays and created three Hispanoamerican and Mexican poetry collections. He has received both awards both in Mexico and overseas and some of his texts have been translated into several languages. As a musician, he has been a member of the rock bands Los Tigres de Borges and Madrastras (vocalist).
His novel Canción de tumba (Mondadori, 2011) was well received by critics and readers alike, and in 2006, he won the National Juan José Arreola Short Story Award for Cocaína. Manual del usuario; the 2011 Jaén Novel Award and the 2012 Elena Poniatowska Award. With some autobiographical content, Herbert tells the story of his mother, his family and himself in poetical prose filled with very contemporary metaphors. Part of the novel is written as described by the narrator—sitting on a hospital sofa while his mother agonizes with leukemia.
Ink in the veins. The exercise of exposing yourself through literature
Moderator: Cecilia Eudave
María José Cumplido
I am a historian and writer. I studied history at the Catholic University of Chile, and I have devoted myself to studying the history of Chilean women and historical dissemination. In 2013, I had a history blog in the US magazine Hispanic American Historical Review published by the Duke University. Since 2014, I have been the editor of History and Social Sciences at Memoria Chilena, a heritage website that shares heritage collections held by the Chilean National Library.
With this knowledge and experience, I have sought to share Chile’s history, particularly the history of Chilean women, with non-specialist audiences. I have published Chilenas: la historia que construimos nosotras (2017), Chilenas rebeldes (2018) and Chilenas rebeldes 2 (2019).
My name is Daniela Catrileo and I was born in Santiago de Chile. I'm a writer and philosophy teacher. I live with my cat, Albahaca, in an apartment on the 21st floor with a view of Huelen Hill. I work in a feminist Mapuche collective and publisher called Rangiñtulewfü, which means “between rivers” in Mapuzungun (the Mapuche language). I've published a number of books, including Río herido (Edicola Ediciones, 2016), Guerra florida (Del aire, 2018) and the collective book Niñas con palillos (Balmaceda Arte Joven Ediciones, 2014). I also wrote the digital book Invertebrada (Luma Foundation, Switzerland, 2017) and the chapbooks Cada vigilia (2007) and El territorio del viaje (2017).
I decided at the age of eight that I wanted to be a writer. I think the girl I was then would get along well with the adult I try to be now. I've been writing a journal since I was little. I enjoy writing with paper and a pencil. In addition to working with books, I work collectively in audio, audiovisual and performative formats. I also teach classes and workshops on Mapuche literature, literary creation, philosophy and gender.
I could add that I have tattoos of plants, animals and words. I like drinking mate and coffee. I'm vegan. I haven't eaten meat for 15 years. I would have liked to have played bass in a female punk band. I almost never leave the house without headphones. I'm good at laughing and good at crying too. I can't live anywhere that doesn't have windows.
Other activities involving the participant:
The Poetry Program
I was born in Antofagasta, between the Pampas and the sea. I've lived most of my life in Santiago, except for a few intervals in Stockholm, Valparaiso, and the small coastal town of Mirasol.
My stay in Stockholm was an abrupt change forced upon me by the military coup of 1973. I returned from exile in the midst of the dictatorship; a time when censorship and self-censorship only exacerbated the pain and anger. I needed to work against the dictatorship and in my writing, combine the bad Latin-Americanist cultural aftertaste with the urge to escape from this imposed and self-imposed prison.
The radicalness of the 60s and the events of the 70s changed our vision of the world. They form the core of my thinking and are always present in my writing. But experimentation and the literature legacy I inherited from my ancestors—Mistral, Huidobro, Vallejo, Blanca Varela and Juan Luis Martínez— are also present.
My published works include El Primer Libro (1985), Albricia (1988), En amarillo oscuro (1994), La vocal de la tierra (1999), Narciso y los árboles (2002), Donde comienza el aire (2007), Todo está vivo y es inmundo (2010), Yllu (2015), and 1985 (2017) in which I tried to recreate the suffocating atmosphere of what was arguably the cruelest year of the dictatorship.
In 1991, I co-founded Radio Tierra, a communications project for women. I have led creative writing workshops at Diego Portales University and taught children's literature as part of the Early Childhood Education degree program at the University of Chile. In 2006, I received a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2018 I received the Career Award from the Neruda Foundation.
Narradora, ensayista, poeta y antóloga. Doctora en Lenguas Romances. Profesora e investigadora en la Universidad de Guadalajara. Ha colaborado en diversos suplementos y revistas culturales de México y el extranjero. Es colaboradora de la columna mensual "Qué sabe nadie" en la Jornada Aguascalientes desde 2011. Obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Novela Corta Juan García Ponce en la Bienal de Literatura de Yucatán 2007, por Bestiaria vida. Mención Honorífica en el Certamen Nacional de Poesía Alfonso Reyes y en el Concurso Nacional de Cuento Juan Rulfo. También obtuvo el Premio libro Kiriko por el libro Papá oso.
Other activities involving the participant:
Dialogue: "Lenguage, power and literature"