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

List features Francisco Norden, José Manuel Marroquín and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Colombian writers?" and "Which writers are from Colombia?"

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

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Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 87 (1927-2014) Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. ...more

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John Leguizamo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 54 John Alberto Leguizamo is a Colombian-American actor, voice actor, producer, comedian, playwright and screenwriter. As of 2009, Leguizamo has appeared in over 75 films, produced over 10 films, ...more

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Wilmer Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 38 Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama is an American actor, singer, dancer, producer and television personality, known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show, hosting the MTV series Yo Momma, and ...more

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Rodrigo García is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 59 Rodrigo García Barcha is a Colombian television and film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer, best known for his films Mother and Child, Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, Last Days ...more

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Álvaro Mutis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 90 (1923-2013) Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo was a Colombian poet, novelist, and essayist and author of the compendium The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. He was awarded the 2002 Neustadt ...more

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Fernando Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 76 Fernando Vallejo Rendón is a novelist, filmmaker and essayist, born in Colombia. He obtained Mexican nationality in 2007. Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left ...more

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Fernando Botero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 86 Fernando Botero Angulo is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellín, Colombia. His signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, ...more

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Íngrid Betancourt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 57 Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on 23 February 2002 and ...more

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Samael Aun Weor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 60 (1917-1977) Samael Aun Weor, born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, was an author, lecturer and founder of the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement. His teaching of 'The Doctrine of ...more

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Jaime Manrique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 69 Jaime Manrique Colombian American author, poet, and journalist.

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Carlos Moreno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 50 Carlos Moreno is a film director, television director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Ivar Da Coll is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Ivar Da Coll is a writer and illustrator.

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Carlos Lleras Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 86 (1908-1994) Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo was the 22nd President of Colombia from 1966 to 1970.

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Rafael Pardo Rueda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 65 Rafael Pardo Rueda is the 1st and current Minister of Labour of Colombia serving in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. A Liberal party politician and economist, ...more

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Luis Nieto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 39 Nieto is a film director and film score composer.

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Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza age 43 Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is a film producer.

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Jorge Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 58 (1837-1895) Jorge Isaacs Ferrer was a Colombian writer, politician and soldier. His only novel, María, became one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish-language literature.

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Alberto Lleras Camargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 84 (1906-1990) Alberto Lleras Camargo was the 20th President of Colombia, and the 1st Secretary General of the Organization of American States. A journalist and liberal party politician, he also served as ...more

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Andrés Baiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 43 Andrés Baiz is a film director.

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Belisario Betancur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 95 Belisario Betancur Cuartas is a former Colombian politician and the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He is the member of the Colombian Conservative Party.

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Francisco Norden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 89 Francisco Norden is a Colombian film director, screenwriter, editor and producer born in Brussels from an Austrian father and a Colombian mother. He has directed eight films between 1963 and ...more

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Vladimir Durán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Vladimir Durán is an actor.

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Ciro Guerra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Ciro Guerra age 37 Ciro Guerra is a Colombian film director and screenwriter. His film Los viajes del viento competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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Doris Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 60 Doris Salcedo is a Colombian-born sculptor. Salcedo completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Universidad de Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980, before traveling to New York, where she ...more

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Enrique Grau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 84 (1920-2004) Enrique Grau was a Colombian artist, renowned for his depictions of Amerindian and Afro Colombian figures. He was a member of the triumvirate of key Colombian artists of the 20th century which ...more

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José Manuel Marroquín is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 81 (1827-1908) Jose Manuel Cayetano Marroquín Ricaurte was a Colombian political figure and the 27th President of Colombia.

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Carlos Pedraza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Carlos Pedraza age 55 Carlos Pedraza is a film producer and screenwriter.

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Carlos Osuna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 38 Carlos Osuna is a film director, editor and producer and a screenwriter.

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Jaime Osorio Gómez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 59 (1947-2006) Jaime Osorio Gómez was a film producer, director and actor.

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Álvaro Cepeda Samudio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 46 (1926-1972) Álvaro Cepeda Samudio was a Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer, and filmmaker. Within Colombia and the rest of Latin America, he is known in his own right as an important ...more

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Jaime Osorio Marquez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Jaime Osorio Marquez age 43 Jaime Osorio Marquez is a film director and screenwriter.

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Andrés Caicedo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 26 (1951-1977) Luis Andrés Caicedo Estela was a Colombian writer born in Cali, the city where he would spend most of his life. Despite his premature death, his work is considered one of the most ...more

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Iván D. Gaona is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Iván D. Gaona age 38 Iván D. Gaona is a film and television director and a screenwriter.

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Andrés González is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 34 Andrés Felipe González Ramírez is a Colombian footballer. He currently plays for Junior de Barranquilla, as a central defender. He is known for being a solid defender with

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Germán Arciniegas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Germán Arciniegas Died at 99 (1900-1999) Germán Arciniegas Angueyra was a Colombian historian, author and journalist who was known for his advocacy of educational and cultural issues, as well as his outspoken opposition to ...more

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José Eustasio Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 40 (1888-1928) José Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.

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Andrés Burgos Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Andrés Burgos Vallejo age 45 Andrés Burgos Vallejo is a film director, screenwriter and writer.

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Ciro Durán is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Ciro Durán age 81 Ciro Durán is a film director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Manuel Mejía Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 75 (1923-1998) Manuel Mejía Vallejo, was a Colombian writer and journalist. The specialist Luís Carlos Molina says that Mejía represents the Andean aspect of the contemporary Colombian ...more

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Orlando Fals Borda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Orlando Fals Borda Died at 83 (1925-2008) Orlando Fals Borda was a Colombian researcher and sociologist, one of the most important Latin American thinkers, and one of the founders of participatory action research. Together with Father ...more

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Hugo Angel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia

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Vladdo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Vladdo age 55 Vladimir Flórez also known as Vladdo is a Colombian cartoonist and political satirist. His work is published in the Colombian weekly magazine Revista Semana and has received numerous ...more

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Héctor Abad Faciolince is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 60 Héctor Abad Faciolince is a Colombian novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. Abad is considered one of the most talented "post-boom" writers in Latin American literature. ...more

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Hernando Calvo Ospina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Hernando Calvo Ospina age 57 Hernando Calvo Ospina is a Colombian journalist and writer. He lives in France.

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Juan B Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 45 Juan Bernardo Gutiérrez is a Colombian author who resides in the United States, known primarily for his theoretical and practical contributions in the field of hypertext fiction.

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Daniel Samper Pizano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 73 Daniel Samper Pizano is a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and prolific writer.

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Camilo Torres Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Camilo Torres Restrepo Died at 37 (1929-1966) Priest Camilo Torres Restrepo was a Colombian socialist, Roman Catholic priest, a predecessor of liberation theology and a member of the National Liberation Army guerrilla organisation. During ...more

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Zacarías Reyán is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Zacarías Reyán age 70 Zacarías Reyán, is the pseudonym of Reinaldo Antonio Plazas Peralta, also known as Z. Reyán, a Colombian writer, author of novels, poems and epics in Spanish language . He ...more

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Eduardo Caballero Calderón is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Eduardo Caballero Calderón Died at 83 (1910-1993) Eduardo Caballero Calderón was a Colombian journalist and writer. As journalist, he worked to the main Colombian newspapers, such as El Tiempo and El Espectador. Also he was a diplomat ...more

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Germán Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Died at 69 (1938-2007) Germán Espinosa Villareal was a Colombian novelist, poet and author born and based in Cartagena, Colombia. He wrote over forty works over the course of his career. He often used his ...more