Famous Writers from Bolivia

List of notable or famous writers from Bolivia, with bios and photos, including the top writers born in Bolivia and even some popular writers who immigrated to Bolivia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Bolivian writers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These writers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known writer from Bolivia is included when available.

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  • Paz Juana Plácida Adela Rafaela Zamudio Rivero, or more popularly known as Adela Zamudio (1854–1928) was a Bolivian poet, feminist, and educator. She is considered the most famous Bolivian poet, and is credited as founding the country's feminist movement. In her writing, she also used the pen-name Soledad.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1854-1928)
    • Birthplace: Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Agustín Saavedra Weise (born 19 November 1943 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is a Bolivian diplomat and writer. He has been an Ambassador (Geneva and Argentina) and Ambassador at large in several missions and is a former Foreign Minister. He has written more than 10 books and hundreds of notes and articles.
    • Age: 80
  • Alcides Arguedas

    Alcides Arguedas (July 15, 1879 in La Paz – May 6, 1946 in Chulumani) was a Bolivian writer and historian. His literary work, which had a profound influence on the Bolivian social thought in the first half of the twentieth century, addresses issues related to national identity, miscegenation, and indigenous affairs. His most significant work, Bronze Race (1919), is considered one of the most influential Bolivian literary works and a precursor of the indigenism.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1879-1946)
    • Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
  • Alfonso Gumucio Dagron
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    Alfonso Gumucio Dagron (born October 31, 1950) is a Bolivian writer, filmmaker, journalist, photographer and development communication specialist. His father was Alfonso Gumucio Reyes, a leader of the Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario (MNR), Minister of Economy during the Government of Víctor Paz Estenssoro, and Ambassador to Uruguay and Spain. He is the author of several books on film and [communication for social change, as well as documentary films, photographic exhibits and hundreds of articles in journals. He has worked in five continents on social development projects, as a communication for development specialist. Because of his involvement as progressive journalist he has twice ...more
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia
  • Franz Tamayo Solares (28 February 1879 in La Paz – 29 July 1956) was a Bolivian intellectual, writer, and politician. The Franz Tamayo Province is named after him. He was renowned for his oratory. A prominent Bolivian poet and philosopher, he wrote a number of educational treatises and also practiced law, journalism, and diplomacy. Tamayo was of Mestizo background; he had both Aymara and Spanish ancestry.
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1878-1956)
    • Birthplace: Bolivia
  • Gastón Suárez

    Gastón Suárez (born January 27, 1929 – November 6, 1984) was a Bolivian novelist and dramatist. Suárez was born in the town of Tupiza in the southern part of Potosí, Bolivia in 1929. A self-taught writer, Suárez abandoned elementary school at third grade, following a traumatizing event in which his teacher suffered an epilepsy attack while reading for him. Ironically, his mother, who was also a rural teacher, accepted to home-school him. When he was ten, after reading Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen by Jules Verne and Jerry of the Islands by Jack London he promised and swore himself to become, some day, a writer. By the end of the 1950s he decides to fulfill his promise. He quits his job as ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1929-1984)
    • Birthplace: Tupiza, Bolivia