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Author's biography

María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and a journalist. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1976, and studied literature. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. She has published two non-fiction books and her stories has been published in various anthologies. Ampuero is the editor of the short-story section in the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC and teaches journalism in the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2012 she was selected as one of the 100 most influential Latin-Americans in Spain, where she resides since 2005. He has published the chronicle books Lo que aprendí en la peluquería and Permiso de residencia. In 2016 she received the Cosecha Eñe Award for Short Stories. Cockfight is her first short stories book published by Páginas de Espuma in 2018.


“This book as a whole shows a very powerful narrative rhythm. Everything happens hurriedly and with intensity in actions that never stop. Her unexpected ends take us by surprise, essential preference of the short story genre.” El Universo   

“María Fernanda Ampuero’s literary voice is tough and beautiful at once: her short stories are exquisite and dangerous objects” –Yuri Herrera

“Brutal! Very intense” –Mariana Enríquez

Cockfight, without doubt, one of my books of the year.” –Aixa de la Cruz (writer)

Author's work

Non fiction

  • Permiso de residencia (La Caracola Editores, 2013)
  • Lo que aprendí en la peluquería (Dinediciones, 2011)


  • Pelea de gallos (Páginas de Espuma, 2018) – Cuentos

Literary prizes

  • Premio Cosecha Eñe de Relatos 2016
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