Carolina Sanín


Carolina Sanín Paz was born in Bogotá and earned a Ph. D. in Hispanic Literature from Yale University with a thesis on stories from the Middle Ages. Between 1998 and 2005, she lived in Barcelona where she worked as a translator for different publishers. She has taught literature at SUNY-Purchase College, the Universidad de Los Andes and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2019 she presented the performance Actos de la ignorancia (Acts of Ignorance) at the Salón Nacional de Artistas de Colombia and played the leading role in the film Litigante, directed by Franco Lolli, which opened the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. She has written columns for El Espectador,, Semana Sostenible, Credencial, Vice, Arcadia and Cambio and the anthology Pasar fijándose (2021) is a collection of some of her best work in the genre. Since 2021 she has presented a talk show on Bogotá public television and currently gives classes in creative writing and courses in independent literature. Her previous works include novels, essays, short stories and writing for children. The Children was first published in Spanish in 2014 and is Sanín's first to appear in English.

Colombian Carolina Sanín is one of the most astute and uncomfortable thinkers in feminism today.

Babelia, El País


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By Carolina Sanín

  • The Sun

    NOVEL, 2022

    From the author of We Are Abysmal Lights , we present The Sun : a luminous, mysterious book that masterfully blurs the genres of essay, poetry and fiction. ‘Every living thing...

  • Nine Nights Before Christmas

    NON FICTION, 2021

    Nine Nights Before Christmas is an invitation to rediscover a reading community. In this book, Carolina Sanín and Powerpaola explore the different meanings of the birth of Jesus as they...

  • Noticing as you Go

    NON FCITION, 2020

    Noticing as You Go is a collection of Carolina Sanín's best newspaper columns. Published since 2008 in publications including El Espectador , Arcadia , Vice , Credencial and Semana...

  • Your Cross in the Empty Sky

    NOVEL, 2020

    A book about love in all its forms. Neither fiction nor non-fiction, Your Cross in the Empty Sky tells the story of two people who connect across social networks. One is in Colombia, the other in...

  • We Are Lights from the Abyss

    NON FICTION, 2018

    In We are Lights from the Abyss , Carolina Sanín delves back through her memories, readings and especially her language to explore, understand and question different facets of herself and...

  • The Lonely Cat

    CHILDREN, 2018

    What kind of commotion might be caused by the appearance of a cat in a village that has never seen a cat before? The writer Carolina Sanín appears to have invented a new language to...

  • Ponqué and other stories


    She said she'd seen the door was open and went inside thinking she'd find someone. She'd heard that on the first floor of the building was a working farm with ducks, hens and everything. After...

  • The children

    NOVEL, 2014

    One day, as she enters her local supermarket, Laura Romero has a startling encounter with a beggar, who seems to offer her a child. A short while later, in the middle of the night, she discovers a...

  • Dhalia

    CHILDREN, 2010

    Dahlias are many-petaled flowers that live in fields and gardens. Dahlias come in many different colours and some are almost black. One kind of dahlia travels on the wind and through the world of...

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