Gabriela Alemán

Gabriela Alemán, a writer based in Quito, Ecuador, has played professional basketball in Switzerland and Paraguay and has worked as a waitress, administrator, translator, radio scriptwriter, and film studies professor. She received a PhD at Tulane University and holds an MA in Latin American literature from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. She received a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and was included in Bogota39, a 2007 selection of the most important up-and-coming writers in Latin America in the post-Boom generation. She was one of five finalists for the 2015 Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) for her story collection La muerte silba un blues and has won several prizes for critical essays on literature and film. Her other books include the short-story collections Maldito corazónZoomFuga permanente, and Álbum de familia; and the novels Body TimePoso Wells, and Humo. Her stories have appeared in anthologies in French, English, Chinese, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Serbo-Croatian. Poso Wells, her first full-length work to appear in English, appeared in 2018 from City Lights, translated by Dick Cluster.


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Literature Is the Minefield of the Imagination: An Interview with Gabriela Alemán


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