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Famous Writers from Chile

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

Víctor Domingo Silva and Cristian Hernandez Gonzalez are included in this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Chilean writers?" and "Which writers are from Chile?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Chile in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Chile, but they're all of Chile descent.
  • 1

    BirthplacePeru, Lima

    NationalityChile, United States of America, Peru

    WorksLa casa de los espíritus, Daughter of Fortune, Eva Luna, City of the Beasts, Forest of the Pygmies

    Isabel Allende (Spanish: [isaˈβel aˈʝende] (listen); born August 2, 1942) is a Chilean writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre magical realism, is known for novels such as...  more
  • 2

    Pablo Neruda

    Dec. at 69 (1904-1973)

    BirthplaceParral, Chile


    WorksCien Sonetos de Amor, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Canto General, A new decade, heights of Macchu Picchu

    Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda (; Spanish: [ˈpaβlo neˈɾuða]), was a Nobel Prize winning...  more

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    #162 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#205 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 3

    Raúl Ruiz

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)

    BirthplacePuerto Montt, Chile

    NationalityChile, France

    WorksKlimt, The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Genealogies of a Crime, Time Regained, That Day

    Raúl Ruiz or Raul Ruiz may refer to: Raúl Ruiz (director) (1941–2011), Chilean filmmaker Raul Ruiz (journalist), American journalist and Chicano activist Raul Ruiz (politician) (born 1972), United...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile

    NationalityChile, France, Mexico

    WorksEl Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre, Fando & Lis, The Severed Heads

    Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a playwright, an...  more

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    #120 of 250 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#212 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • 5

    Tito Davison

    Dec. at 73 (1912-1985)

    BirthplaceChile, Chillán

    NationalityChile, Mexico

    WorksCorazón salvaje, La barraca, El ministro y yo, The Golden Barge, La dulce enemiga

    Tito Davison (14 November 1912 – 21 March 1985) was a Chilean-born Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 60 films between 1937 and 1982....  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceAntofagasta, Chile


    WorksThe Uprising, The Dancer and the Thief, La Velocidad Del Amor, Soñé que la nieve ardía, The poet's wedding

    Antonio Skármeta (born Esteban Antonio Skármeta Vranicic on November 7, 1940) is a Chilean writer descending from Croatian immigrants from the Adriatic island of Brač, Dalmatia. He was awarded...  more
  • 7

    Adelqui Migliar

    Dec. at 65 (1891-1956)

    BirthplaceChile, Concepción


    WorksWar and Peace - 1914, Laughter and Tears, Rechten der jeugd, Ambición

    Adelqui Migliar (5 August 1891 – 6 August 1956), also known as Adelqui Millar, was a Chilean film actor, director, writer and producer. He appeared in 31 silent films between 1916 and 1928. He also...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Chile, South America, Palmilla

    NationalityChile, Spain

    WorksTierra del fuego, General Report on Chile, The Recourse to the Method, Alsino and the Condor, The Shipwrecked

    Miguel Ernesto Littin Cucumides (born 9 August 1942) is a Chilean film director, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He was born to a Palestinian father, Hernán Littin and a Greek mother,...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityChile, United States of America

    WorksDeath and the Maiden, Death and the Maiden, Susan Meiselas: In History, Konfidenz, The nanny and the iceberg

    Vladimiro Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has...  more
  • 10

    Gabriela Mistral

    Dec. at 68 (1889-1957)

    BirthplaceVicuña, Chile


    WorksLagar II, Selected prose and prose-poems, Producción de Gabriela Mistral de 1912 a 1918, Poesía y prosa, Poesías completas

    Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (American Spanish: [luˈsila ɣoˈdoj alkaˈʝaɣa]; 7 April 1889 – 10 January 1957), known by her pseudonym Gabriela Mistral (Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjela misˈtɾal]), was a Chilean...  more
  • 11

    Roberto Bolaño

    Dec. at 50 (1953-2003)

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    Works2666, The Skating Rink, Distant Star, The Savage Detectives, Amulet

    Roberto Bolaño Ávalos (Spanish: [roˈβeɾto βoˈlaɲo ˈaβalos] (listen); 28 April 1953 – 15 July 2003) was a Chilean novelist, short-story writer, poet and essayist. In 1999, Bolaño won the Rómulo...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksMachuca, La Fiebre del Loco

    Andres Wood (born 1965) is a Chilean film director, producer and writer. Some of his most popular films include Machuca, Violeta se fue a los cielos, and Historias de Futbol. He created his own...  more
  • 13

    Carlos F. Borcosque

    Dec. at 71 (1894-1965)

    BirthplaceValparaíso, Chile


    WorksLas Aventuras de Jack, The Soul of the Children, Hombres de esta tierra, Traición, Diablo fuerte

    Carlos Francisco Borcosque Sánchez (9 September 1894 in Valparaíso, Chile – 5 September 1965 in Buenos Aires) was a Chilean film director and screenwriter involved in the production of the Cinema of...  more
  • 14

    Roberto Matta

    Dec. at 91 (1911-2002)

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksMatta in America

    Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto ˈmata]; November 11, 1911 – November 23, 2002), better known as Roberto Matta, was one of Chile's best-known painters and a...  more
  • 15

    José Donoso

    Dec. at 72 (1924-1996)

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksThe Place Without Limits, The Obscene Bird of Night, Coronacíon, Hell Has No Limits, Curfew

    José Donoso Yáñez (October 5, 1924 – December 7, 1996) was a Chilean writer. He lived most of his life in Chile, although he spent many years in self-imposed exile in Mexico, the United States (Iowa)...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    NationalityChile, Italy

    WorksBirdWatchers, Sons and Daughters, Olympic Garage, Alambrado, The Game Bag

    Marco Bechis (born in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-Italian film screenwriter and director. His film Garage Olimpo was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section....  more
  • 17

    Víctor Jara

    Dec. at 41 (1932-1973)

    BirthplaceLonquén, Chile


    Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈβiktoɾ ˈliðjo ˈxaɾa maɾˈtines]; 28 September 1932 – 16 September 1973) was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter and...  more
  • 18

    Vicente Huidobro

    Dec. at 55 (1893-1948)

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksVanguardia en Chile, Mirror of a mage, Breve Antologia Poesia Latinoamer Vang 1920-30, Mío Cid Campeador, Poesía y Poética

    Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández (American Spanish: [biˈsente ɣwiˈdoβɾo]; January 10, 1893 – January 2, 1948) was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He promoted the avant-garde literary...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksAmnesia, Have You Seen Lupita?, El Leyton, B-Happy

    Gonzalo Justiniano is a film director, producer and screenwriter....  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksTony Manero

    Alfredo Castro is an actor, theatre director, screenwriter and playwright....  more
  • 21
    Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval (5 September 1914 – 23 January 2018) was a Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist. He was considered an influential poet in Chile and throughout Latin America....  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksMúsica Campesina, Las películas de mi vida, Tinta roja, Mala onda, McOndo

    Alberto Felipe Fuguet de Goyeneche (pronounced [alˈβeɾto fuˈɣet]; born March 7, 1963) is a Chilean writer, journalist, film critic and film director who rose to critical prominence in the 1990s as...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    NationalityChile, Spain

    WorksPersona Non Grata, El Anfitrion, El Whisky De Los Poetas, El inútil de la familia, Las máscaras

    Jorge Edwards Valdés (born June 29, 1931) is a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat. He was the Chilean ambassador to France during the first Piñera presidency....  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile


    WorksThe Future, Play, The Shower, Tourists

    Alicia Scherson is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, actress and film editor....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceConcepción, Chile


    WorksLuis, El arca, Los Andes

    Joaquin Cociña is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, film score composer and production designer....  more