Fellows

Music Module

Alejandro Convers

Alejandro Convers (Colombia)
Diners magazine

Alejandro Convers is a writer and screenwriter. He writes on music and culture for the Diners magazine, giving special attention to what goes on behind the scenes. Convers also writes scripts for television programs, mainly shows for children and documentary series. He grew up surrounded by musicians and artists and ever since he was a boy, Convers dreamt of telling the stories of this enchanting world of art.

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Juan María Fernandez

Juan María Fernández (Argentina)
Clarín
Juan María Fernández studied mass communication at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and began his journalistic career as an assistant correspondent at the British newspaper the Financial Times. He was part of the creative team for the technology and culture magazine TDI and conducted dozens of interviews with personalities such as Viggo Mortensen, Ferran Adriá, Gustavo Cerati, Milton Nascimento, and Duran Duran. Fernández currently edits the G7 magazine and writes about music for its “Shows” supplement as well as for the Clarín newspaper’s Ñ magazine.

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Agnija Kazuša (Letonia)
Concertnews
Agnija Kazuša was the editor in chief for the newspaper Lielvārdes Ziņas. Her work has been published in various Latvian media such as Diena, TVNET, and VETO Magazine. She conducted her own radio show on music and travel. In recent years her travels as an English teacher have taken her to Egypt, India, and China following her two great passions: music and writing. Kazuša reviews music events for the Belgian website Concertnews.be and her writing is inspired on her travels and adventures.

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Elizabeth Méndez Berry (Canadá)
LA Times

Elizabeth Méndez Berry writes about music, popular culture, gender, criminal justice, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune as well as the Vibe, Latina, the Nation, and Time magazines. “Love Hurts”, her investigative article on domestic violence in the hip hop industry, won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor award. In 2010, an oped she authored for the New York El Diario newspaper sparked the country’s first ever public hearing on street harassment of women and girls. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University and is adjunct adjunct professor at New York University, where she teaches music journalism.

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Santiago Rosero (Ecuador)
Travesías
Santiago Rosero currently works for Radio France Internationale, in Paris. His work has been published in GEO Saison, Gatopardo, Travesías, El Semanal, SoHo, Mundo Diners, and El Telégrafo. Rosero authored El periodismo cultural en los medios ecuatorianos, in collaboration with CIESPAL; Libro de las Huecas, on Quito’s traditional and popular dishes, with the modern art and popular culture collective La Selecta; and Cromos, a photobook. He is a member of the music band Rocola Bacalao and the French project DJ Dembowsky.

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Carlos Solano Franco (Colombia)
El Tiempo
Carlos Solano Franco is the culture and entertainment subeditor for El Tiempo newspaper and the author of the blog Caja de Resonancia. His career began in 1997 at the Javeriana Estéreo cultural radio station and since then he has worked for El Tiempo, in print and digital formats. As part of the online publishing team, Solano received the Círculo de Periodistas award in Bogotá for the best news website and was a finalist for the Online News Association 2012 awards for coordinating the special multimedia project “Las cuerdas que nos unen.”

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Daniela Silva Astorga (Chile)
El Mercurio
Daniel Silva Astorga studied journalism at Universidad del Desarrollo and works as a long-form journalist in the “Culture” section of the journal El Mercurio, writing about visual arts, contemporary dance, music, heritage, craftsmanship, and other themes. Silva has participated in several journalism workshops such those by Leila Guerriero and Leonardo Faccio.

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Eszter Vörös (Hungría)
Nepszabadsag
Eszter Vörös is a video journalist, reporter, and bandoneonist. She was the video editor for the Népszabadság newspaper, for which she still works as a freelancer. Vörös produces videos on travel and culture and regularly writes for the Palace of Arts magazine. As a bandoneonist she plays argentine tango with various orchestras and formations. Vörös strives to keep an open mind by traveling as much as possible. She speaks Spanish, French, English, and some Italian.

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María Jesús Zevallos (Perú)
Dedo Medio
María Jesús Zevallos worked as an editorial assistant for the Etiqueta Negra magazine and as the editor of the Dedo Medio newspaper—responsible for the music section—and the Access magazine. Her work has appeared in Etiqueta Negra, Dedo Medio, Asia Sur, and Point Magazine, among other magazines. Zevallos writes reportages and articles on music and collaborates with the Cometa publisher and the Australian music blog Something Gold Something New. She studied psychology at the Augusta State University.

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Literature Module

Jorge Eduardo Espinosa (Colombia)
RCN Radio
Jorge Eduardo Espinosa is a journalist, philosopher, and psychologist, with six years of experience working on radio shows. He is part of RCN’s production team for Morning News and En la Jugada as well as RCN Radio’s director of culture. Espinosa is a critical reader, follows Murakami and Cheo Feliciano, and enjoys listening to boleros. Quoting Julian Barnes he said, “I don’t believe in God, but I miss him.”

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria)
Sunday Trust
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is currently the arts editor of the Abuja based Sunday Trust newspaper. He is a fellow of the British Council Radiophonics Creative Writing workshop and has been selected for the Fidelity Bank Creative Writing workshop as well as the Caine Prize for African Writing workshop. Ibrahim has authored The Whispering Trees, a collection of short stories, and the novel The Quest for Nina. He won the BBC African Performance Prize, the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose, and the International Short Story Day Chain Gang Challenge.

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Marilia Kodic (Brasil)
Cult Magazine
Marilia Kodic is an editorial assistant at CULT Magazine, a monthly cultural publication from São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked for other Brazilian cultural media, such as Trip and Galileu. She has a bachelors in journalism from Faculdade Cásper Líbero and an unfinished degree in languages and literature from the University of São Paulo.

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David Lara Ramos (Colombia)
Barranquillaabierta.com
David Lara Ramos was the editor of the El Universal de Cartagena journal’s literary supplement. His work has appeared in Colombian and Spanish media and he writes for the www.barranquillabierta.com website. Lara was awarded the fellowship in investigative journalism from the Foundation for New Journalism and the international award for literary translation from the Universidad de Extremadura. He published the book Pasa la voz, queda la palabra, an anthology of interviews with writers, and has directed the series Gaita, when the Indian wanted to be a bird for the Colombian channel Telecaribe. Lara specialized in international cooperation and has a masters in culture and development.

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Ana Marcos (España)
El País
Ana Marcos is a journalist and writes for the culture section of the newspaper El País. Before interviewing musicians, writers, actors, and other artists, she spent a year studying in Buenos Aires, discovering what Spanish and Latin Americans have in common, or, stated in strictly academic words, international relations. Marcos lives in Madrid.

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Nina Martyris (India/Estados Unidos)
The Times of India
Nina Martyris is a consulting editor for The Times of India Crest and a book editor for The Times of India. In 2009 she moved from Bombay to Knoxville, Tennessee, in the United States, and since then has written about literature for the Guardian, the New Republic, Slate, Salon, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, and the Millions.

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Catalina Holguín (Colombia)
Arcadia Magazine
Catalina Holguín has a bachelors and masters in English literature from McGill University, in Canada. She is a digital editor for the Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia and empirical journalist for the Arcadia magazine and less regularly for other media. Holguín is the author of Dias breves, a short autobiographical book about the time she spent in Canada, which is part of the Inmigrantes collection by the independent publisher El Peregrino.

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Jorge Pinzón Salas (Colombia)
Cartel Urbano
He studied literature at the Javeriana University and directs the alternative culture magazine Cartel Urbano. He has written for the Arcadia, El Malpensante, SoHo, and Donjuan magazines.

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Raquel Ribeiro (Portugal)
Público
Raquel Ribeiro is a researcher, journalist, and writer. She is also a permanent arts and literary review correspondent for the Portuguese newspaper Público and its cultural supplement. She held a Nottingham Advanced Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham, where she developed the postdoctoral project War Wounds: Cultural Representations of the Cuban Intervention in the Angolan Civil War (1975-1991). As a novelist, she published Europa and Este Samba no Escuro, in 2013.

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Emiliano Ruiz Parra (México)
Gatopardo
Emiliano Ruiz Parra worked for the Reforma newspaper and currently collaborates with the Gatopardo magazine. He was nominated for the FNPI award in 2010 for his reportage “Morir por Pemex,” about the death of twenty-two people at the sinking of an oil platform. His writing has appeared in numerous narrative journalism selections. Ruiz authored the book Ovejas negras, rebeldes de la Iglesia mexicana del siglo XXI and is part of the FNPI’s Nuevos Cronistas de Indias list. He studied Spanish language and literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and political theory at the University of London.

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Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri (India)
Deccan Chronicles
Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri is senior editor for the Asian Age and the Deccan Chronicle. With ten years of experience in cultural journalism and years of training as an Indian classical singer, this journalist feels just as comfortable at a rock concert as she does at a classical music concert or a folklore presentation. Although she has had the opportunity of interviewing Mark Knopfler, Roger Waters, Ian Anderson, Lata Mangeshkar, and Plácido Domingo, a good day for Govindrajan is more about discovering a great new band at an amateur concert. Her greatest satisfaction lies in the fact that her year-old daughter Anika is a fan of Dire Straits.

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