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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Miguel Ángel Asturias Died at 75 (1899-1974) 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 ...more

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Francisco Goldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Francisco Goldman age 63 Francisco Goldman is an American novelist, journalist, and Allen K. Smith Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Trinity College.

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Alcina Lubitch Domecq is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Alcina Lubitch Domecq age 64 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 ...more

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Izabel Acevedo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Izabel Acevedo age 36 Izabel Acevedo is a film director and screenwriter.

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Augusto Monterroso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Augusto Monterroso Died at 82 (1921-2003) 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" ...more

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Rodrigo Rey Rosa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Rodrigo Rey Rosa age 59 Rodrigo Rey Rosa is a Guatemalan writer.

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Rigoberta Menchú is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Rigoberta Menchú age 58 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 ...more

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Carlos Illescas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Carlos Illescas Died at 80 (1918-1998) Carlos Illescas was a screenwriter.

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Audrey Castañeda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Audrey Castañeda age 49 Audrey Castañeda is an actress and screenwriter.

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Otto-Raúl González is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Otto-Raúl González Died at 86 (1921-2007) 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 ...more

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Juan José Arévalo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Juan José Arévalo Died at 86 (1904-1990) 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 ...more

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Luis González Palma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Luis González Palma age 60 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 ...more

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José Milla y Vidaurre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
José Milla y Vidaurre Died at 60 (1822-1882) 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 ...more

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Luis Cardoza y Aragón is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Luis Cardoza y Aragón Died at 91 (1901-1992) 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 ...more

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David Unger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
David Unger age 67 David Unger is a Guatemalan-American author and translator.

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Otto René Castillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Otto René Castillo Died at 33 (1934-1967) Otto René Castillo was a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary.

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Francisco Méndez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Francisco Méndez Died at 55 (1907-1962) 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 ...more

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Carlos Wyld Ospina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Guatemala
Carlos Wyld Ospina Died at 65 (1891-1956) Carlos Wyld Ospina was a Guatemalan novelist, essayist and poet.