Adriana Paramo

Creative Nonfiction Writer


Author's Bio

Adriana is a Colombian writer, born in cold Bogotá but raised in Medellín, The City of Eternal Spring.

She received her bachelors of science in Petroleum Engineering and worked as a geophysicist for a multinational oil company. Alas, it took her ten years in the industry to realize that looking for oil was not her thing.

In 1992, she left Colombia to make radical changes in her life. She moved to Alaska where a few years later, she graduated as a Cultural Anthropologist with an emphasis in dance ethnography.

In 1996, she moved to Kuwait where she engaged in social activism, advocacy of immigrant women's rights and designed a tool to assess the quality of life of Indian servants living in Kuwaiti work camps. The findings of this research eventually evolved into, "Desert Butterflies," a CNF manuscript.

In 2000, Adriana returned to the USA to teach Humanities and Anthropology to undergraduate students at the local college.

She continued her women right's advocacy and did extensive work with the immigrant farming community working in the Florida fields.
Adriana has volunteered her time as a transcriber for Voice of Witness, a non-profit book series founded by author Dave Eggers, which empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice.

Adriana Paramo co-produces LOL, Life Out Loud, the only reading series of nonfiction in Tampa Bay.

Her memoir, "My Mother's Funeral," set in Colombia, will soon be published by CavanKerry Press.

Publications & Prizes

Looking for Esperanza (Benu Press, 2012)
Prizes won: 

Social Justice and Equality Award for CNF with her book "Looking for Esperanza."

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Buddhist, Feminist, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Incarcerated individuals, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
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Last update: Apr 28, 2013