Information About Latino Latinx Authors

Ecuadorian-American Authors Innovating and Succeeding

According to the Pew Research Center, 427,000 Latinos of Ecuadorian descent lived in the U.S in 2017. They are the 10th largest Latino group in the U.S. Enjoy these recommendations.

Emanuel Xavier is a poet and author of Ecuadorian/Puerto Rican heritage. He is the author of Radiance, (2014, Nefarious (2013), Americano: Growing Up Gay and Latino in the USA (2012), Pier Queen (2012), If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (2010), and Christ Like (2009) 

Ernesto Quiñonez is the author of Bodega Dreams, Chango’s Fire, and Taina. His work has gotten much critical acclaim.

Zoraida Córdova is one of our favorite YA fantasy authors. The author of nine (yes, nine) fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, and The Way to Rio Luna.

Juan J. Morales is the author of Friday and the Year That Followed (Fairweather Books, 2006), The Siren World (Lithic, 2016), and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

Oscar Bermeo was born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx. He is the author of Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. He has been a featured writer at a variety of venues and institutions including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Kearny Street Workshop, Rikers Island Penitentiary, San Quentin Prison, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, NYU and many others. He makes his home in Oakland, with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

And let’s not forget Ecuadorian American journalist, Ricardo Segreda, A graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, who is bringing universal attention to Ecuador as a hub of highbrow literary fiction. Segreda has served as film critic for Ecuador’s La Hora and is the administrator for EcuadorFiction, which presents Ecuador’s best writers in translation. He also writes Ecuadorian horror short fiction.

Michael Zapata‘s debut novel, The Last Book of Adana Moreau, was described by The New York Times as, “Hypnotizing…Zapata reinterprets the extent and toll of exile on Earth, the gulf between universes of human experience.” A founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine, he is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction; the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program award; and a Pushcart Nomination. 

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is a 2020 National Book Award Finalist for The Undocumented Americans. She is not just a rising star–she has skyrocketed!

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