Giovanna Rivero

A Bolivian writer now living in the United States, she is one of the renovators of Latin American fantastic literature.

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With a PhD in Ibero-American Literature from the University of Florida with a thesis on the insurrectional political subject in twenty-first-century Mexican literature, she has taught Hispanic Literature and Creative writing at several institutions including Ithaca College in New York and the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). In 2011 she was chosen as one of the outstanding Latin American writers of the day at the Guadalajara International Book Fair and, in 2015, was awarded the international Cosecha Eñe prize for her short story “Albúmina” (Albumin). Her work has been published in Bolivia, the United States, Spain, and Argentina. Notable among her books are the short story collection Para comerte mejor (To Eat You Better, Sudaquia, 2015), winner of the 2018 Dante Alighieri Prize, and the novels 98 segundos sin sombra (98 Seconds with No Shadow, Caballo de Troya, 2014), which has been made into a film by the Bolivian director Juan Pablo Richter, and Tierra fresca de su tumba (Fresh Earth of Your Tomb, Candaya, 2021). Her literary work, which moves between horror literature and science fiction, is regarded as an immense contribution to the renovation of the fantastic genre in Latin America.