Visiting & Research Scholars

Each year, the Center for Latin American Studies welcomes various researchers and visiting scholars from across the globe. Center scholars engage with our faculty and students, expand upon their research by taking advantage of UF's resources, and help bring new scholarly and cultural perspectives to our community. Below are the current research and visiting scholars at the Center.

Ave Barrera Fall 2023 Kislak Family Writer in Residence


Ave Barrera

Kislak Family Foundation Artist/Writer in Residence
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Fall 2023
Ave Barrera
Grinter 354 

Ave Barrera (Guadalajara, México, 1980) holds a Bachelor in Hispanic Literature from the University of Guadalajara and a Masters in Modern Portuguese Literature from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. For several years she was editor in Oaxaca, México. Ave has been awarded fellowships from the Fundación Carolina for a training course on publishing at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Young Creators Grant for Novel (2010 and 2014) from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Ave has worked as copywriter for e-media and once as a ghostwriter. She also writes short stories and just published the illustrated children book Una noche en el laberinto (A Night in a Labyrinth, Edebé 2014). She was recipient of the Sergio Galindo Award from the Veracruz University with her first novel Puertas demasiado pequeñas (The Forgery). She currently lives in México City and is writing a new novel: Tratado de la vida marina (A Treatise of Marine Life) with the support of FONCA. Her latest novel was published in 2019 in Mexico and Spain under the title Restauración (Restoration).

Courses Taught:

  • ​LAS 6938​: Escritura Creativa


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