Alejandra Costamagna (Issue 1) was born in 1970 in Santiago, Chile. She is a journalist with a Masters Degree in Literature. She has published the novels En voz baja (A Low Voice), winner of the Gabriel Mistral Literary Games Award in 1996, Ciudadano en retiro (Citizen in Retirement, Planeta, 1998), Cansado ya del sol (Already Tired of the Sun, Planeta, 2002), and Dile que no estoy (Say That I’m Not, Planeta, 2007), a finalist for the Planeta – Casa America Award; four books of stories, Malas noches (Bad Nights, Planeta, 2000), Últimos fuegos (Latest Fires, Ediciones B, 2005), Naturalezas Muertas (Still Lives, Cuneta, 2010) Animales domésticos (Domestic Animals, Mondadori, 2011), and the collection of essays Cruce de peatones (Pedestrian Crossing, Ediciones UDP, 2012). She has written for magazines such as Gatopardo, Rolling Stone, and El Malpensante. She was a resident novelist in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2003. Her work has been translated into Italian, French, and Korean. In Germany she was awarded the 2008 Anna Seghers Literary Prize for the best Latin American author of the year.