A photograph of Julio Serrano Echeverría
Created: 25th March, 2024

Julio Serrano Echeverría

Julio Serrano Echeverría is a writer, poet, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. A Guatemalan, he is of mixed Mestizo, African and Mayan descent.

He has held fellowships from the Fundación Carolina, the Iberoamerican Artists Residence FONCA-AECID and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the US, where he has also been artist in residence and lectures regularly on poetry and Latin American culture.

His poetry collections include Tierra, Antes del mar, Estados de la materia, Central Ámerica, and his children's books include En botas de astronauta and Dos cabezas para meter un gol. His Balam and Lluvia’s House (Emma Press), translated by Lawrence Schimel, won the English PEN Award, with Yolanda Mosquera's illustrations nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration 2024. It was also shortlisted for CLPE's CLiPPA in 2024.

Julio Serrano was a founder of the Quetzaltenango International Poetry Festival and in 20222 he received the Premio Gabo, the most prestigious award for Latin American journalism, for his work as co-founder and creative coordinator of Agencia Ocote, an interdisciplinary Guatemalan digital media outlet that views journalism in dialogue with art, historic memory, transitional justice and women's rights.

He has participated in many international poetry festivals, and his work is also translated into Bengali, English, French and a number of Mayan languages.

His website is at and he posts to X.