B.A. in Political Science, University of Alabama-Huntsville (1991); M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UC-Berkeley (1993); Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UC-Berkeley (1997). Winner of the Bolivian National Book Award (1992 and 2003), and the Juan Rulfo Short Story Award (1997). He has published Alcides Arguedas y la narrativa de la nación enferma
(Plural, 2003), and is the coeditor, with Debra Castillo, of the volume of critical essays Latin American Literature and Mass Media
(Garland, 2000), and, with Alberto Fuguet, of the anthology of short stories Se habla español: Voces latinas en U.S.A.
(Alfaguara, 2000). He teaches Modern and Contemporary Spanish-American Literature, Andean Literature, Narrative and Mass Media, and Creative Writing. He is the author of nine novels (among them Norte
, Los vivos y los muertos,
andEl delirio de Turing
), and three books of short stories (Las máscaras de la nada, Desapariciones,
and Amores imperfectos
an anthology of his short stories, has also been published. His work has been translated to nine languages.