|Born||Rubén Andres Varona Herrera
April 7, 1980
Popayán, Cauca, Colombia
|Occupation||Writer, literary critic|
|Genres||Novels, Short stories, Poems, Essays, Chronic|
Ruben Varona (Popayán, 1980) is a Colombian author, poet, editor, and literary critic specialized in thrillers and detective narrative.
He was named representative for Latin America for the International Association of Crime Writers IACW (2008). He has been chosen for several collections and anthologies of short stories: At the Edge of Words (Al Filo de las Palabras. Editorial Universidad del Cauca 2001), Road signs (Señales de ruta, Arango Editores, 2008), The Dispensable (EL fungible, Punto de Lectura 2008) and Zürich, Ausfahrt Mord Krimi-Anthologie (2011), a global anthology of crime short stories translated into German, made by Paul Ott.
He is the author of the novels The Tailor of the Shadows (El sastre de las sombras, La Pereza Ediciones Corp 2013) and Wait for me naked among scorpions (Espérame desnuda entre los alacranes, Axis Mundi 2007, whose title is inspired by a verse of the poet Giovanni Quessep, itself inspired by the story of Remdios, La Bella, a character of the novel One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez). He founded the cultural magazine La Mandragora in Popayán, Cauca.
In 2012, he received his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso and was finalist of the Premio Iberoamericano Planeta Casa de América with his novel La secta de los asesinos, cowritten with Carlos Bermeo. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Spanish Literature at Texas Tech University.