Carlos González Vergara

Grammatician, professor and researcher at the Departamento de Ciencias del Lenguaje de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile). His research includes Spanish Grammar, specifically the description of morphosyntactic properties of Spanish in Chile. He and Ricardo Mairal (UNED) and Lilián Guerrero (UNAM), are the editors of El funcionalismo en la teoría lingüística: La Gramática del Papel y la Referencia (Akal, 2012). He is the Director of Onomázein, a journal of Linguistic Philology and Translation and Head of the Masters in Linguistics at PUC. In July, 2011 he was named member of the Chilean Academy of Language in Santiago.



María Inés Zaldívar



PhD in Literature, professor, essayist and poet. She is an academic in the Department of Literature at the Faculty of Letters, PUC (Santiago, Chile). She is the author of the following books Reiterándome, o la elevación frente a la negación (1994), La mirada erótica, (1998), co-author of 100 Años de Cultura Chilena (2006), and Bibliografía y antología crítica de las vanguardias literarias CHILE (2009). She also co-authored Lengua Castellana y Comunicación for primary and secondary education in Chile and other texts on literature and literary criticism. Her poetic works include Artes y oficios (1996), Ojos que no ven (2001), Naranjas de medianoche (2006, finalist for the Critic’s Award 2007), Década (2009), Luna en Capricornio (2010, nominated for the Altazor Award 2011) and Bruma (2012).



Alejandra Ortiz Salamovich


Full-time lecturer at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad de Chile. She teaches English literature modules in the Licenciatura en Lengua y Literatura Inglesas. She holds an MA in Medieval English Literature and a PhD, both from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Her PhD thesis, Translation Practice in Early Modern Europe: Spanish Chivalric Romance in England, dealt with the English translation of sixteenth-century Spanish chivalric romance, focusing on Margaret Tyler’s The Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood (c. 1578) and Anthony Munday’s Palmerin D’Oliva (1588) and Amadis de Gaule (1590-1619). She was a part-time lecturer at the Facultad de Letras of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile from 2008 until 2010 and also in 2015, teaching modules in the areas of classical, medieval, and children’s literature.


Susan Foote

Was born in San Diego, California and studied Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile where she teaches English Literature in the Foreign Language Department. She also teaches courses in the Magíster en Literaturas Hispánicas and in the Doctorado en Literatura Latinoamericana at the same university.  She has led many workshops and talks on poetry in English and has published several articles relating to her workshops. She is interested in the teaching of literature in English in Chile and the therapeutic effects of group literary discussions. Her interests include 20th century American poetry and Postcolonial literature in English as well as Mapuche testimony and poetry. Her book Pascual Coña, historias de sobrevivientes, la voz en la letra y la letra en la voz was published by the Universidad de Concepción Press, November 2012.



Mike Wilson


Mike Wilson, PhD, is an academic of Facultad de Letras UC and author of the novels El púgil (2008), Zombie (2009), Rockabilly (2011) and Leñador (2013). His last novel, Leñador, obtained el Premio de la Crítica 2014 y el premio del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes 2014. He was also editor the of an essays collection called Where Is My Mind? Cognición, literatura y cine (2012).