Marco Avilés

Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies
Caperton Graduate Fellow 2019-2020, Fontaine Fellowship Recipient

Marco Avilés is a Quechua-Peruvian writer. He was born in the Andean city of Abancay, then migrated to Lima with his family at the start of Peru's civil war. He holds a BA in Communications from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. A career journalist who has chronicled stories from across Peru and Latin America, his recent work focuses on exploring relationships between indigenous, mestizo, and white identities. He is the author of three books, including De donde venimos los cholos, which in 2016 was listed by the New York Times as one of the ten best books published in Spanish. His current research is focused on the dynamic relationships between identity, race, and ethnicity in contemporary Latin America, and how they are expressed in literature. Marco has lived in the US since 2014, along with his wife and a Peruvian hairless dog.