Gloria Macher 

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Gloria Macher is a Canadian Peruvian-born writer living in Montreal and exploring social, political, ecological and existential themes that fuel our reflection on the human condition. She is considered a main exponent of the contemporary humanistic literary scene.


Life


Macher was born in Lima, Peru and lived in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, during her childhood and teenage years. She moved to Canada, specifically Montreal, Quebec, in 1976 and spend four years in Berkeley, California before making Montreal her permanent residence.


She graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from McGill University and in 1982, she received a Master of Science in Economic and Social Development from the University of Montreal. From 1990 and 1993, she followed courses in Medical Anthropology at McGill University and in 2009, she received a Translation Diploma at the Linguistics Department of McGill University. During her years working in the research field for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec, Macher has been the author of three publications on the organization of the health and social service sector for the region of Temiscamingue that lead to the restructuring of the health sector in Quebec during the 1980s. She has also participated as co-author and research coordinator in several public health, child adoption, and mental health projects.  After launching her localization and specialized translation firm in 2009, Macher has devoted herself to fiction writing.


Her novel Las Arterias de Don Fernando has been awarded The International Latino Book Award 2014" by Latin Literacy Now in the United States. Flor de Araribá has been finalist of the Verbum Iberoamerican Award 2017 (Finalista del Premio Iberoamericano Verbum de Novela 2017) in Spain."Protocolo 48" has been finalist of the IV Exemplary Novel International Award 2018 granted by the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. She has presented her novels in Europe and the Americas and her short stories and poetry appeared in several anthologies and electronic publications in Canada and Latin-America.


Works


Influences

Her main earliest influence, as a teenager, while living in Brazil, was Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations. The social, economic, political and humanistic content was a revelation for Macher and incite her to write at 13 years of age and eventually will also guide her choice of a professional career in economic development. After discovering Charles Dickens, she continued nurturing her taste for social issues with Europeans authors like Victor Hugo, Kafka, and Dostoevsky and later on with Latin American authors like Cesar Vallejo, José Maria Arguedas, and those of the Magic Realism generation. While a teenager Macher also acquired a taste for books dealing with human psychological existence and gender issues, such as Simone de Beauvoir, Jorge Amado, Oscar Wilde and others. Reading was a way of reconciling her sense of loss of having been uprooted at the age of 12 from her birthplace, Lima Peru.


Publications


Novels

"Protocolo 48" (2019).  Editorial Verbum, Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-9074-834-3

''Flor de araribá'' (2017). Editorial Verbum, Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-9074-398-0

''Viajando por precipicios'' (2016). Editorial Verbum, Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-9074-398-0

''La gringa del parque'' (2015). Editorial Verbum, Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-9074-233-4

''Mi reina'' (2015).(Second edition). Editorial Verbum, Madrid.ISBN: 978-84-9074-158-0

''Las arterias de don Fernando'' (2014). (Second edition).Editorial Verbum, Madrid. ISBN: 978-84-9074-107-8


Anthologies and virtual publications

" The Unnamed" (2018). George Elliot Clarke and Sanita Fejzic (Editors). Dis(s)ent, In/Words Magazine and Press, p. 68

"The Briefcase Man" (2017). Horace I. Goddard (Editor). KOLA, Vol. 29, No. 2. Fall 2017, Black Writers' Guild, Quebec, Canada, p. 21 

"Flor de miel" (2017). Jorge Etcheverry (Antologador). Canadografía - Antología Narrativa Latinocanadiense. Chile: Editorial Montecristo Cartonero, 2017, p.50, p.53

"El maletín" (2016). Lady Rojas Benavente y Sophie M.Lavoie (Editoras). Construyendo memoria: Escritoras Latinocanadienses en el nuevo milenio. Ottawa, Canadá: Split Quotation, 2016.

"La bella adormecida" y "Bitches Brew" (2016). Ricardo Camarena Castellanos (Editor).Letras de Maple - Antología de escritura hispano-canadiense. Ottawa, Canadá: Split Quotation, 2016, p53,p.56

"El capoeirista" (2016). http://hispanophone.ca/2016/10/03/1512/ "El capoeirista y otro poema a la vera del mar"], Revista Hispanophone, Sección Creación, Poesía, octubre 3, 2016.Retrieved 2017-11-14.

"Todas en una"(2015).

http://www.registrocreativo.ca/Galerias/2015_Chiqui_Vicioso/Macher.html "Undécima exposición mural y virtual de poesía y arte en homenaje a Chiqui Vicioso", Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas, 2-5 de junio de 2015. Retrieved 2017-11-14.

"La sin nombre" (2014).

http://el-dorado.ca/files/Download/Libro%20simposio%202014%20web.pdf "Letras de dos ciudades", Jornada Boreal V de escritores hispanocanadienses: Ottawa y Montreal, Qantati eBooks, Retrieved 2017-11-14.


Awards

"The International Latino Book Award 2014”, USA

Finalist of the "Verbum Iberoamerican Novel Award 2017", Spain

Finalist of the "IV International Narrative Award: Exemplary Novels 2018", Spain