Sonia Mereles Olivera, Ph.D.   floating flag










I have traveled, lived and studied in 17 different countries including the US where I earned my Ph.D in Hispanic Literature, and where I achieved tenure as a College Professor of Latin American Studies and Spanish. I won my first poetry awards in Paraguay. After graduating as an Architect, I won a prized poetry honor from Asociación Amigos del Arte before departing for Spain where I studied Literature. In Europe, I won a poetry prize for my fondest book Volviendo a Omega which includes the bilingual culture of Paraguay.

I have worked and studied with Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Delibes, Nicanor Parra and Ernesto Cardenal. My professional work as a literary critic is published under my full name. I publish my creative work under “Sonia Mereles”, my maiden name. Puros cuentos, my first book of short stories based on contemporary Paraguayan events, was presented in the Americas and Europe with high praise and is now entering its second edition. En tu mundo deshabitado, a contemporary vision of a Hispanic in the U.S, was featured by the Virginia Poetry Center to celebrate national Poetry Month. Presented in poster format and sound recording at the exhibit, it was broadcasted live in public radio both in English and Spanish.

My book ¡Cerraron las puertas!: Narremas de la Tragedia de Ycua Bolaños, a tribute to the lost voices of that national tragedy of Paraguay, was presented at the IV International Congress of the Hispanic Poetry of Europe and the Americas”. The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Award winning poet and literary critic Delfina Acosta reviewed my book Piel de ángel in the ABC Newspaper of Asunción, Paraguay, on 21 August 2011. An on-line excerpt may be accessed at:

My literary book on Spanish American Icons: Ernesto Cardenal and Nicanor Parra is now included in the foremost critical reviews in the Americas, Europe and the Orient. I have currently been granted permission by Ernesto Cardenal to republish his magna opus Cántico Cósmico along with my current research in my latest book-lenght project The matrix of Cosmic Canticle, a philosophical anthropology of Cardenal.

I am the 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay, and a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar Committee member. My current article in progress presents Contemporary Paraguayan Women Voices, including Guarani authors such as Susy Delgado.

My daughter Giselle is a 2005-2012 recipient of Art Awards in the Visual Arts, Poetry, Photography, and Short Film at the regional, district and state level. She was the youngest student accepted at the Academy of Art in Florence, Italy where she studied in the summer of 2011, at only 12 years of age. As a 7th grader, she was awarded an Interlochen Arts Academy Scholarshp to attend the 2012 Visual Arts summer program qualifying for the "Advanced Level Drawing and Painting for students 9-12" due to Portfolio Merit. She has also been awarded a 2012 scholarship to attend the Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists at the pre-college level at the age of 13.

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