Lina Meruane is a fiction writer, cultural journalist and essayist from Chile. She is the author of a host of short stories published in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and, in translation, in the U.S., Canada and Germany. She has published a collection of short stories, Las Infantas (1998), as well as three novels Póstuma (2000), Cercada (2000) and Fruta Podrida (2007), the last of which obtained the prize for Best Unpublished Novel of 2006 from the Chilean National Council for the Arts. She has received literary fellowships from the Chilean Fund for the Development of the Arts (Fondart 1997), the Guggenheim Foundation (2004-5) and from the National Endowment for the Arts (2010). Lina Meruane has been teaching the Creative Writing M.F.A. in Spanish at New York University since 2008, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Contemporary Literature at Wesleyan University.