AQUILES ESTÉ

Publicist, creative director, journalist and professor, he is a graduate of the Central University of Venezuela School of Journalism and holds a Ph.D. in Semeiology from Sao Paulo Catholic University, Brazil (1996). He has held a number of different positions, including: director of ProDesign Institute (1992-98), curator of Venezuela’s First Anthology of Graphic Design (1996); guest professor in the New York University School of Advertising and Interactive Telecommunications Program (1999-2000); I.D. Magazine Design World Review Award as Creative Director (2000); guest professor in IESA’s Corporate Communication Program and Simon Bolívar University Managerial Engineering Program; strategic communication, publicity and visual communication consultant holding posts in Caracas, Quito, Lima, Bogotá, La Paz, São Paulo, Miami, New York and Barcelona; Director of Strategic Communications for Cambridge International Consulting. As well, he has published four titles on strategic communications and visual communications, including Cultura replicante with Gedisa Editorial. He currently serves as Key Collection director and creative director for Cyls Editores.

CARLOS PACHECO

Born in Caracas, Pacheco is a researcher, essay writer and literary critic. He holds a Ph.D. from London University King’s College. He teaches in Simón Bolívar University, where he has also served as Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Literature and Dean of Postgraduate Studies. He is particularly engaged in studying contemporary LatinAmerican narrative and narrative theory. In addition to acting in the capacity as guest professor in Brown University (Providence, RI), Salamanca University and Rice University (Houston), Pacheco has served as jury member for the Rómulo Gallegos Award and the Pegasus Novel Award, among others. Besides his numerous articles and essays that have appeared in specialized magazines, he is the author of Narrativa de la dictadura y crítica literaria (1986); La comarca oral (1992); Del cuento y sus alrededores (1993 y 1997) together with Luis Barrera Linares, and La patria y el parricidio (2001); editor of Alfonso Reyes: la vida de la literatura (Alicante, 1992) and coordinator together with Luz Marina Rivas of Novelar contra el olvido (2001). Thanks to his work he is a recipient of the Andrés Bello Research Award (1982), the Rafael Barret Critic Award, Oklahoma State University (1985), and the Simon Bolívar University Outstanding Teacher Award (1996). He is a London University Honorary Research Fellow since 2000 and currently heads Editorial Equinoccio, run by the Simón Bolívar University.

RAFAEL RODRÍGUEZ CALCAÑO

Born in Caracas, Rafael holds a B.A. degree in Literature from the Central University of Venezuela and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the Advanced Social Studies Academy in Paris. Rodríguez Calcaño has written many children’s stories, and is a recipient of a number of international distinctions, such as: Special Mention for Spanish Language in the II International Children’s Literature Contest, Paris Saint John Perse Library (1989); Second Place for Panchito Mandefuá in the Children’s Literature Contest organized by Carabobo University (2001); First Prize in the I Children’s Literature Biennale run by the General Comptroller’s Office of the Republic of Venezuela (2001). Moreover, Rodríguez Calcaño was among the winners of the Foremost Arts and Literature Contest of the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura (2004); runner- up in the Fourth Edition of the “Julio C. Coba- Libresa” International Children’s Literature Contest (2005) in Ecuador, for his novel Something is going on in the Fridge targeted at adolescents. At the present time, he is dedicated to the edition of books for children and youth. The following titles comprise some of his published work: El hombre que durmió a su sueño (Ediciones Niebla, Caracas, 1998); La grandilocuente historia del gigante Noctambul (Ediciones Niebla, Caracas, 1998); La rebelión de las abejas (Editorial Arte, Caracas, 2001); El abecedario del abuelo (Editorial Panapo, Caracas, 2003); La Pelucha del sexto y su gata Leticia, soon to be released by Tricolor.

LUZ MARINA RIVAS

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Luz Marina holds a B.A. degree in Literature from the Central University of Venezuela and a Ph.D. in Literature from the Simón Bolívar University. She teaches in the School of Modern Languages at UCV and is a Level III member of the Researcher’s Promotion System (Fonacit). She is the author of thirty specialized articles and several books, including La literatura de la otredad: cuentistas venezolanas (1940-1956), winner of UCV’s Educators’ Association Award to the Best Promotion Dissertation in 1993; the intra-historic novel: tres miradas femeninas de la historia venezolana (2000, 2004). As well, she compiled a critical anthology titled La historia en la mirada (1997) together with Carlos Pacheco; Novelar contra el olvido in No.18 issue of Estudios magazine (USB, 2001); as well as the short story anthology Las mujeres toman la palabra (Monte Ávila, 2004). She was a jury member in the Pegasus Novel Award (1998) and the Adriano González León Novel Award granted by the Pen Club Venezuela (2004). She has taught in the capacity of guest professor in the universities of Los Andes and Carabobo, and is a sitting professor in the Salamanca University José Antonio Ramos Sucre Cathedra (2003). At the present time, she sits on the academic committees of the Master in Comparative Literature program and the Ph.D. in Humanities program, and chairs the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the School of Humanities and Education at UCV.

MARÍA ELENA HUIZI CASTILLO

Born in Caracas, she studied literature (Magna Cum Laude) at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and holds a master’s degree in Philosophy. She is Manager of Culture, writer and expert in museums. She has chaired the Armando Reverón Museum Foundation (1994- 2000) and the Caracas Fine Arts Museum (2000- 2003). Her published works include: Libro de intervalos (poetry; Fundarte, Caracas, 1975); El destierro (poetry; Fundarte, Caracas, 1978); Viajes y mudanzas (poetry; Pequeña Venecia, Caracas, 1999); Las artes plásticas en Venezuela. Una mirada (art history, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, 1998). She is the author of numerous articles, essays and poems contained in catalogues, papers and magazines both in Venezuela and abroad. She has represented the country internationally (Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and United States) in exhibits of great masters as Armando Reverón and Gego, as well as collective displays by national artists. She is the recipient of several distinctions such as: Orden al Mérito en el Trabajo (1983) and the Andrés Bello First Class Order (2000). She currently works as museum consultant and in the research and writing of texts about visual arts, literature and other topics on humanities.

EWALD SCHARFEMBERG

Ewald was born in Caracas and educated at the Central University of Venezuela where he received a B.A. degree in Journalism in 1984. He joined El Nacional in 1985 as reporter for the dominical magazine Feriado and the Sports Section. Later on, in 1988, he became a founding member of Exceso magazine where he held the position of editor-in-chief until 1991. That same year he was appointed director of Letra G, the dominical supplement of El Globonewspaper. In 1993 he joined Producto magazine in the capacity of editor-in-chief and after that he worked as Associate Creative Director for Feedback Comunicaciones. From 1999 to 2004 he served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Comar, a company that belongs to the JMC/Young & Rubicam group. As of June 2004 he manages his own company, E.W. Communication Projects, in the field of branding creation. In his capacity as freelance journalist, he has been correspondent for Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its Spanish acronym) in Caracas since 1996. AS well, together with other outstanding Latin American journalists, he sits on the advisory committee of the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) based in Lima, Peru. He is also a regular contributor in several magazines, including Exceso, Nueva Sociedad, Veintiuno, Comunicación and Imagen, and columnist in El Nacional.

LEOPOLDO TABLANTE

A native of Caracas, Tablante holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Paris in Villeaneuse, France. He teaches in the Andrés Bello Catholic University School of Social Communications, and is a regular columnist in El Nacional politics section. His published works include Relieves by Enrique Bernardo Núñez: 1936, 1937 and 1939, a transition stage in journalism.

BRUNO BURGER

Born in Caracas, Bruno is a surgeon doctor graduated in 1968 from the Central University of Venezuela with a specialization in Cardiology. He completed postgraduate studies in Caracas University Hospital and Harvard University in Boston, where he also served as guest professor (1982) and associate professor (1983-1984). He is an Interventionist Cardiologist (Adults and Children) in the Centro Médico de Caracas and Centro Médico Docente La Trinidad since 1984. From 1989 to 1991 he was a commentator in Formula 1 live broadcasts for Venezolana de Televisión (the state-run TV channel) and from 1993 to present for Televen (a private TV channel). He is also a member of the Medical Committee of the International Automobile Federation since 1995, specifically for Formula 1 and the World Rallies Tournament.

EDUARDO  BURGER

Burger is a native of Caracas who holds a B.A. and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Andrés Bello Catholic University. Since 1998 he has been an active member of Agoteatro and participated as actor in various plays for children and adults. As of 1996 he has served as Regional Coordinator and Administrative Director of the Medatia Foundation, where he plans and develops workshops on poetry, image and memory for children, youth, teachers and adults, as part of the theatre-community projects that said organization is carrying out in Merida, Caracas and Barlovento. He earned the distinction of General José Antonio Páez First Class Order bestowed by Páez Municipality, in the state of Miranda.

CORINA HELENA MICHELENA POGGIOLI

Born in Caracas, Corina holds a B.A degree in Literature from the Central University of Venezuela. As a visual artistshe has participated in several collective exhibits in Caracas. She is the author of poems and children’s stories illustrated by her, earning the following distinctions: Eladio Alemán Sucre Poetry Award for her collection of poems titled Honra de sierva (2000); Raimundo Susaeta International Children’s Story Award for her short story De cómo por un pelo Tafetania pisa suelo. She is currently studying in Moscow’s Pushin Institute.

MARÍA EUGENIA ESTÉ

Esté holds a Phd in Social Sciences, and a M.S. degree in Social Communications. She specializes in Public Communications on Science and Technology, serves as Chair of Fundación Tecnohumano (www.tecnohumano.org), and teaches at Metropolitan University (UNIMET) in Caracas, Venezuela.

AGUSTÍN GARCÍA

García holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication (UCAB, 1986) and master degrees in Human Resources and Corporate Communication (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1993 and 2005). He has received a number of awards and distinctions, including: The National Aristides Bastidas Prize of Scientific Journalism (ULA); the Regional Emilio Menotti Prize of Journalism (State of Mérida), and the Municipal Prize of Journalism (Municipality of Libertador, Mérida) for his humoristic work. García served as editor-in- chief for El Vigilante (a daily paper in Mérida), as well as comminication director with Mérida Science and Technology Museum. Between 1999 and 2004 he was an associate director. AS well, he has coordinated a large number of periodical publications for both public and private organizations.

BORIS MUÑOZ

Muñoz is a Venezuelan journalist and author of several books, including: La ley de la calle, testimonios de jóvenes protagonistas de la violencia en Caracas (Fundarte 1995), Más allá de la ciudad letrada, Crónicas y espacios urbanos (University of Pittsburg Press) and Despachos del imperio (Random House 2007). Muñoz was Editor-in-chief of Exceso magazine. He contributes regularly to magazines and web supported media in Latin America. Is a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He is a Ph.D in Hispanic American Literature from Rutgers University. Author of several books, including La ley de la calle, testimonios de jóvenes protagonistas de la violencia en Caracas (Fundarte,1995) and Despachos del imperio (2008). He co-edited with Silvia Spitta, Más allá de la ciudad letrada, Crónicas y espacios urbanos (University of Pittsburg Press, 2003). In 2000 he received the Fellowship of the Humanities Institute at Dartmouth CollegeΩ and the First Accésit of the Premio Internacional de Periodismo Fernando Lázaro Carreter in Madrid. He was and Editor-in-Chief of Nueva Sociedad and Editorial Director of Exceso magazine, and contributes regularly to Gatopardo magazine, and Prodavinci.com.


BELÉN (LA NENA) CALANCHE

Caracas (1915-2002) Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life was spent in the peaceful world of the small provincial city of Caracas, mid to late twentieth century. She was educated to perform brilliantly all those tasks of a housewife. This means, ability to make real homes of the places where she lived, beyond the economical and political situations that she had to live. Her strong personality made everything at home had her personal seal, however, achieved a special atmosphere of serenity that left place for others to live, develop and keep sheltered. Getting this atmosphere of care and pampering, seemed effortless to her. She transformed everything she touched in delight for eyes and palates. And above all, her motherhood, the more important task in her life, allowed her to convey in a natural way, her knowledge of writers, poets and characters, all mixed as if they were relatives, Cyrano de Bergerac, Andrés Mata, Rosario Sansores, Federico García Lorca or Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. Due to this way of «living» her readings, she was an excellent «Storyteller», she didn’t only tell the story, she also actedt it.