About

I was born in Bogota, Colombia, on March 9, 1988. I first approached literature through the works of Emilio Salgari. I dreamt about pirates and swashbucklers before reading Dostoyevsky and becoming a firm admirer of Poe and Hawthorne. Kapuściński, Capote and Mailer led me to journalism. Cartier-Bresson, Adams and Avedon to photography. I studied Philosophy at the National University of Colombia and worked as a writer for Publicaciones Semana for nearly a year. I went to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York shortly after. I’ve written for Salon, The Atlantic, ABC/Univision, Guernica Magazine, and several publications in Colombia. As for what I want to do, Henry James summed it up better than I can: “We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” Chekhov, on the other hand, highlighted the absurdity of autobiographies while writing to a magazine editor who asked for his biographical information : “I am a bachelor. I would like a pension. I busy myself with medicine to such an extent that this summer I am going to perform autopsies, something I have not done for two or three years. Among writers I prefer Tolstoy, among physicians, Zakharin. However, this is all rubbish. Write what you want. If there are no facts, substitute with something lyrical.”

Contact: swillsp@gmail.com

 

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