Santiago Wills
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Santiago Wills

Colombia | 1988
Santiago Wills is a writer and journalist. He studied Philosophy at the National University of Colombia, and earned a Master’s in Science in Journalism at Columbia University, in New York, and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.
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Spanish Literatura Random House


He has been longlisted twice for the Gabo Award in the Text category. He was also a two-time finalist for the Nuevas Plumas Award, and, in 2016 and 2021, he won the Simón Bolívar Journalism Award in the Feature Writing category. He is a finalist of the 2019-2021 True Story Award.

Santiago has been a Fulbright scholar, a Maria Cabot scholar at Columbia University, and a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for mental health journalism. In 2019, he received a fund from Latin America’s Center for Sustainable Development and, in 2021, he was awarded a Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant (Gabo Foundation and Hay Festival) and a Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund to write a book jaguars and America.
Jaguar, his first novel, which was published by Literatura Random House, was longlisted for the 2020 Premio Herralde.

Santiago Wills deftly traverses narrative landscapes illuminated by an impeccable writing. Diamela Eltit

(…) A talented writer who patiently carves the words and folds of the story. Álvaro García

Wills, one of the best Colombian chroniclers of today. He creates syntax and a personality for each of his narrators. He also reveals himself as a lucid builder of narrative tension. Christopher Tibble, Criterio.