Juan Álvarez


Alvarez has won the National Short Story Award “Ciudad de Bogotá” in 2005 and the Essay Award Revista Iberoamericana in 2010 (Ibero-American Institute of Berlin).

He has published the book of short stories Nunca te quise dar en la jeta, Javier (Seix Barral, 2015 c2005), and the novel Candidatos muertos (Planetalector, 2016 c2011), after which was chosen among “The 25 Best–Kept Secrets of Latin America”, selection convened by the Guadalajara International Book Fair in 2011.

In 2015 he published his second novel, La ruidosa marcha de los mudos (Seix Barral, 2015), finalist of the Spartacus Prize for the Best Historical Novel, convened by the Semana Negra de Gijón in Spain, and best fiction book of the year according to Arcadia magazine.

He has participated in five literary anthologies: two in Colombia, one in Mexico, one in Spain and the last one in the United States. This last one is Estados Hispanos de América. Narrativa latinoamericana made in USA (New York: Sudaquia, 2016). Some of his short–stories has been translated into English and French.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a PhD from the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, New York.

From 2008 to 2011 he was co-editor of the literary magazine El Perro, three consecutive years winner of the “Edmundo Valadés National Scholarship for Independent Magazines”, awarded by the FONCA of México. From 2009 to 2012 he was part of the development team of Urtak.com, startup selected in 2011 within the group of 10 “TechStars NYC Startup Companies”.

Since 2015 Alvarez runs a research line on creative writing at Instituto Caro y Cuervo, where they have designed and implemented local and regional diplomados such as the el Diplomado Pacífico en Escritura Creativa (2016), and a master's degree in creative writing, which will open in the 2018.

In the second half of 2017 Álvarez will publish his first book of essays, a volume about the place of insult and verbal abuse in the political and cultural history of Colombia.