Juan Forn was born in Buenos Aires in 1959. After publishing his first arid only book of poetry in 1979, he traveled to Europe, and upon his return to Buenos Aires he began working in the publishing business as a translator, reader, and editor. Forn worked as an associate editor for Planeta and as the director of the literary supplement of the Argentine newspaper Pagina 12. In 1987 he published his first novel, Corazones cautivos mas arriba (Up with Imprisoned Hearts). His second book, Nodar de noche (Swimming at Night), was published in 1991 and is being translated into English. Forn was named a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.). He also received a grant from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes (Buenos Aires). His other books include Puras mentims (Total Lies; 2001) and La tierra elegida (The Chosen Land; 2005).