Sergio Gutiérrez

Sergio Gutiérrez was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on September 14, 1986. This novelist and short-story writer currently lives in Oberlin, Ohio. In 2017, the Hay Festival selected him as part of Bogotá39, a list of 39 promising writers from the continent under 39. Two years earlier, in 2015, the Festival de la Palabra de Puerto Rico recognized him with the Premio Nuevas Voces, given to young Puerto Rican authors. His second novel, Dicen que los dormidos, won the National Novel Prize awarded by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 2012. His most recent publication is Los dias hábiles (Destino, México, 2020). Sergio is inspired to write by “the strange matter of our day-to-day life, or by reading (history or literature) as a way to energize the present.” About being named a Letras Boricuas Fellow, he said, “it means the opportunity to create a space within my daily responsibilities from which I will be able to finish a long novel that I have been working on in recent years.”