Fernando Valerio-Holguín was born in 1956 in Concepción de La Vega, Dominican Republic. Went to Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo where he studied literature and obtained a PhD from Tulane University. He is tenured professor of Latin American literature at Colorado State University, where he was recently awarded with the award John N. Stern Distinguished Professor (2014). He was invited to lecture and read poetry at several universities and institutions, such as Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, University of Oxford, Julián Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, Antwerp University, and University of Warsaw. Some of his prolific work include: Viajantes insomnes (stories, 1983), Poética de la frialdad: La narrativa de Virgilio Piñera (essay, 1996), Memorias del último cielo (novel, 2002), Autorretratos (poesía, 2002), Café Insomnia (stories, 2002), Banalidad Posmoderna (Critic, 2006), Los Huéspedes del Paraíso (novel, 2008), Las Eras del Viento (poetry, 2006), Rituales de la Bella Pagana (poetry, 2009) y Retratos (poetry, 2011).