C. Adán Cabrera

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

C. ADÁN CABRERA is a Salvadoran-American writer, teacher, translator and editor based in Barcelona, Spain. Among other publication credits, Carlos’s writing has appeared in SwitchbackThe Acentos ReviewFrom Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino FictionBorderSenses, parentheses, and Kweli. His forthcoming debut book of short stories Books Can Only Take You So Far (FlowerSong Press, 2022) explores the complex intersections of race, class and sexuality.

A 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow, winner of the 2021 Rigel Literary Prize and 2nd place winner of the 2020 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Carlos holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carlos is hard at work on a second collection of short stories.

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Publications & Prizes

Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2021)
From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. (Lethe Press, 2011)
Books Can Only Take You So Far (FlowerSong Press, 2022)
Prizes won: 
  • 1st place winner, Rigel 2021 Literary Prize, 2021.
  •  Finalist, Digging Press Chapbook Competition. 2021.
  •  2nd place winner, Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. 2020.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, Randall Kenan, Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat, Sandra Cisneros, Lewis Buzbee, Sinéad Gleeson, Tananarive Due, Faith Adiele

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
American, BIPOC, Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ
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Fluent in: 
English, French, Spanish
Born in: 
Los Angeles, CA
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Jul 20, 2022