Mario Jursich was born in Valledupar, Cesar on June 4, 1964 and studied philosophy and arts at the Universidad Javeriana. His broad experience as a staff editor includes his work at the Fondo Cultural Cafetero, Zona Ltda., and Tercer Mundo Editores. He has also done commissioned work for Editorial Norma, Editorial Planeta, Alfaguara, Círculo de Lectores, Intermedio, Banco de la República, and Carlos Valencia Editores. Jursich has translated Gesualdo Bufalino and Alessandro Baricco books for the publishing house Norma as well as numerous articles and short stories for the magazine El Malpensante. He has published essays in magazines such as Número, Semana, SoHo, and the Banco de la República’s Cultural and Bibliographical Bulletin. Recently one of his works was included in the Antología latinoamericana de la crónica actual (Alfaguara, 2012). Jursich was the anchorman for the Señal Colombia TV program Culturama. He has published three books: a poetry book, Glimpses; a bibliographic collection, Casimiro Eiger: Chronicles of art; and an essay, The Virgin Mary: Faith and adventure in Colombia. In November 2012 Idartes will publish Una historia de la salsa en Bogotá, which Jursich edited. In recent years he has been an associate professor of literary journalism at the Universidad Javeriana and for the masters in journalism at the Universidad de los Andes. Jursich is a founding member and current director of the magazine El Malpensante.