Information About Latino Latinx Authors

Colombian-American Authors Excelling in the U.S. Literary World

According to the Pew Research Center, Latinx who who identify as Colombian are the 7th largest Latinx group in the U.S, totaling 1.2 million in 2017. The authors on this list have been successful in a range of genres.

James Cañón is the author of Tales from the Town of Widows. He was born and raised in Colombia and mostly writes fiction.

Jaime Manrique is the author of several books of poetry, including El libro de los muertos: poemas selectos 1973–2015 (Artepoética Press, 2016), Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), and My Night with/Mi noche con Federico García Lorca (Painted Leaf Press, 1997). He has also published novels such as Our Lives Are the Rivers (HarperCollins, 2007).

Maurice Kilwein Guevara has published POEMA (2009), Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose (2001), a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and Postmortem (1994), nominated for the National Book Award.

Carlos Andrés Gómez is the author of Fractures, Hijito, and Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood.

Gloria Muñoz is the author of Danzsirley/Dawn’s Early, winner of the 2019 Ambroggio Prize (forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe).

Anika Fajardo is the author of Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and the YA novel, What If a Fish.

Also, don’t forget to check out Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, a Colombian-born poet, translator, and educator. Her honors include a John K. Walsh Residency Fellowship at The Anderson Center, an Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellowship at Ragdale, and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. She has published poems in The Cincinnati ReviewShenandoah, Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, Diode, RHINO, Mid-American ReviewNashville Review, and elsewhere.

Rafael Reyes-Ruiz is the author of the Roppongi Crossings trilogy, about expatriates in Japan. He served as the editor of Encounters, a peer-reviewed journal/book series and has published scholarship and fiction in peer-reviewed and literary venues. Fully bilingual, he offers translator and editor services.

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