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Andrea Cote Botero is the author of three poetry collections, En las praderas del fin del mundo / In the Prairies of the End of the World (Valparaíso, 2019), La ruina que nombro / The Ruin that I Name (Visor, 2015), and Puerto calcinado / Port in Ashes (Universidad Externado, 2003; Valparaiso, 2010), and two collections of selected works, Chinatown a toda hora / Chinatown 24/7 (Valparaiso, 2015) and Desierto rumor / Desert murmur (El angel editor, 2016). She has also published two books of prose: A Nude Photographer: A Biography of Tina Modotti (Panamericana, 2005) and Blanca Varela or Writing from Solitude (Universidad de Los Andes, 2004). In 2019, she curated and wrote a critical study for the Colombian women poets' anthology Pájaros de sombra (Vaso Roto, 2019), winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Poetry Collection (2020). Cote Botero has received the National Poetry Prize from the Universidad Externado of Colombia (2003), the Puentes de Struga International Poetry Prize (2005), an honorable mention for A las cosas que odié in the Ruben Darío International Poetry Contest, and the Cittá de Castrovillari Prize (2010), among other honors. Her poems have been translated into numerous languages, and she has translated the poets Kahlil Gibran, Tracy K. Smith, and Jericho Brown into Spanish. She is a professor of creative writing at the bilingual MFA at UTEP.