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Jaime Luis Huenún Villa

Jaime Luis Huenún Villa

Jaime Luis Huenún, born in Valdivia, southern Chile, is an award-winning Mapuche-Huilliche poet whose six books include, most recently, La calle Maldestam y otros territorios apócrifos (2016) and Crónicas de la Nueva Esperanza / Chronicles of New Hope , forthcoming in a bilingual edition from Lom Ediciones in Santiago, Chile. He has won, among other awards, the Pablo Neruda Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Chilean National Council on Arts and Culture’s Best Work of Literature 2013, for Reducciones . He has also edited several anthologies of Mapuche and other Latin American Indigenous poetry, including Epu mari ülkatufe ta fachantü: 20 poetas mapuche contemporáneos (Lom, 2003). Two of his books are available in English translation: Port Trakl (Diálogos, 2008) and Fanon City Meu (Action Books, 2018). Huenún lives in Santiago, where he works in the Chilean Ministry of Culture’s Department of Intercultural Studies. (updated 10/2021)


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