Washington Cucurto is the pseudonym of Santiago Vega, an Argentine poet, narrator and editor born in 1973 in Quilmes, a city in the province of Buenos Aires. He is the author of several poetry collections including the award-winning Zelarayán (1998), La máquina de hacer paraguayitos (1999), Hatuchay (2005) and other compilations. Cosas de negros (2003), El curandero del amor (2006), 1810 - La Revolución de Mayo vivida por los negros (2008) and Hasta quitarle Panamá a los yanquis (2010) are among his most important novels. In 2002 he founded Eloísa Cartonera, an extremely successful non-profit publishing house specializing in handmade and affordable books from recycled materials. As a testament to its success, Eloísa Cartonera was recognized with the prestigious Prince Claus Fund’s 2012 Principal Award.
Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and Vice Chair of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He received his BA in Spanish and French from Virginia Tech, and his MA and PhD in modern foreign languages from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include twentieth and twenty-first-century Latin American literature, popular culture studies, and representations of violence in cultural productions. He is the author of Forasteros en tierra extraña: La nueva narrativa peruana y la violencia política (2012). His current book project is a translation anthology tentatively titled Bajo un nuevo sol: Peruvian Fiction in the Twenty-First Century. His scholarly articles and translations have appeared in diverse publications in the USA, Cuba, and Peru.