Antonio López Ortega
Antonio López Ortega received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Hispanic Studies at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (1979–1985) and has extensive experience in the cultural sector. He has been Director of Publications at Fundarte (1985–1988); Coordinator of Literary Workshops at CELARG (1987–1988); Editorial Advisor at El Diario de Caracas (1987–1989); Producer and Host of the books and literature program Entrelineas—broadcast on VTV and Televisora Nacional—(1988–1992); and Literary Director for Alfadil Ediciones (1989–1993).
López Ortega has been a board member of various cultural institutions, among them: Galería de Arte Nacional; Centro Nacional de Cinematografía; Fundación José Ángel Lamas; Fundarte; Instituto de Cultural del estado Miranda; Revista Imagen; FUNDEF; Fundación Cultural Chacao; and Consejo Nacional de la Cultura.
As a writer López Ortega has published: Cartas de relación (1982); Calendario (1985); Naturalezas menores (1991); Lunar (1996); the novel Ajena (2001); the compilation of short stories Río de sangre (2005); Fractura y otros relatos (2006); Indio desnudo (2008); and La sombra inmóvil (2013). As an essayist he has published El camino de la alteridad (1995) and Discurso del subsuelo (2002), and as an anthologist, Las voces secretas (2006) and La vasta brevedad (2010).
López Ortega is also the founder of the poetry publishing house “Pequeña Venecia” and the former director of the magazines Revista Bigott and Veintiuno. His awards and honors include: participant of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa; The Rockefeller Foundation grantee; and Guggenheim Foundation grantee.
He is a permanent columnist for the newspaper El Nacional.