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Famous Writers from Guatemala

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List of famous writers from Guatemala, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Guatemala is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Guatemalan writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Guatemala and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list features writers like Audrey Castañeda and Luis Cardoza y Aragón.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Guatemalan writers?" and "Which writers are from Guatemala?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Guatemala in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Guatemala, but they're all of Guatemala descent.



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    Miguel Ángel Asturias
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    Miguel Angel Asturias Rosales was a Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet-diplomat, novelist, playwright and journalist. Asturias helped establish Latin American literature's contribution to mainstream Western culture, and at the same time drew attention to the importance of indigenous cultures, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: El Alhajadito, Los ojos de los enterrados, Le miroir de lida sal, et autres contes, El Señor Presidente, + more
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    Francisco Goldman
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    Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College.more

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    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Nationality: Guatemala, United States of America
    • Works: The Art of Political Murder, The Long Night of White Chickens, The divine husband, The Ordinary Seaman, La Larga Noche de Los Pollos Blancos, + more
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    Alcina Lubitch Domecq is a Jewish Guatemalan short story writer. She was born in Guatemala to an Auschwitz survivor father, and an Iberian-Guatemalan mother. After her parents' divorce, she moved to Mexico in the sixties and left in the early 1970s. After a stay in Europe, she made aliyah to Israel ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala, Israel
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    Izabel Acevedo

    Izabel Acevedo is a film director and screenwriter.more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: To Put Together a Helicopter
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    Augusto Monterroso
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    Augusto Monterroso Bonilla was a Honduran writer, known for the ironical and humorous style of his short stories. He is considered an important figure in the Latin American "Boom" generation, and received several awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, Miguel Ángel Asturias ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Complete works & other stories
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    Rodrigo Rey Rosa

    Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a Guatemalan writer.more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: El Cuchillo Del Mendigo, El Agua Quieta, L'Ange boiteux, Die verlorene Rache. Roman, Cárcel de árboles, + more
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    Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War, and to promote indigenous rights in the country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Uspantán, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: I, Rigoberta Menchu, Crossing borders
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    Carlos Illescas

    Carlos Illescas was a screenwriter.more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: The Mansion of Madness, The One Who Came from Heaven, Deseos
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    Audrey Castañeda

    Audrey Castañeda is an actress and screenwriter.more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Af banen
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    Otto-Raúl González was a Guatemalan writer, poet, and lawyer. A longtime communist ideologue, during the social revolution of the administration of Jacobo Arbenz he was appointed undersecretary of the land reform program. González welcomed Che Guevara to Guatemala and gave him a government job. However, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Oratorio del maiz
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    Juan José Arévalo
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    Juan José Arévalo Bermejo was a professor of philosophy who became Guatemala's first democratically elected president in 1944. He was elected following a popular uprising against the United States backed dictator Jorge Ubico that began the Guatemalan Revolution. He remained in office until 1951, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Taxisco, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Anti-Kommunism in Latin America
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    Luis González Palma is a modernist Guatemalan photographer. Born in 1957, the artist grew up in Guatemala City. He studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and then turned to photography. He has presented his work from 1989 until now in more than 58 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Poems of Sorrow
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    José Milla y Vidaurre was a notable Guatemalan writer of the 19th century. He was also known by the name Pepe Milla and the pseudonym Salomé Jil. Milla grew up in a time of great instability, where the struggles between liberals and conservatives were bringing chaos to Guatemala. He came from a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Cuadros guatemaltecos
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    Luis Cardoza y Aragón was a Guatemalan writer, essayist, poet, art critic, and diplomat born in Antigua Guatemala but who spent a good part of his life living in exile in Mexico. Cardoza attended primary school in Antigua Guatemala and at the Colegio Centroamericano in Guatemala City. His received a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: André Breton
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    David Unger is a Guatemalan-American author and translator.more

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    • Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala, United States of America
    • Works: Real Therapy, Vivir En El Maldito Tropico, Life in the damn tropics, Neither caterpillar nor butterfly
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    Otto René Castillo

    Otto René Castillo was a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary.more

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    • Birthplace: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
    • Works: Tomorrow triumphant, Let's go!
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    Francisco Méndez was a Guatemalan poet and short-story writer born in Joyabaj, El Quiché. He published his first poem at the age of eighteen, and moved to the city of Quetzaltenango shortly after. A self-taught writer, he went on to publish numerous volumes of poetry, including the celebrated Nocturnos.more

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    • Nationality: Guatemala
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    Carlos Wyld Ospina was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet.more

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    • Birthplace: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
    • Nationality: Guatemala
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