Roberto Emilio Leni Olivares was born in the Chilean port of Valparaíso. His family was exiled to the U.S in 1976 as a result of Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. He is an organizing member of Colectivo 9/11 and of Colectivo de Poetas ECHOSPACE of the East Side Café in East L.A. In 2001 he was artist-in-residence in the Headlands Center for the Arts, and received a fellowship in 2007 stemming from the event Memoria Poética de las Américas, Vision & Voices, an art initiative of USC. His short stories have been published in El Andar, Lucero¸ and in Art Catalogue: Two 9/11s in A Lifetime: A project and exhibit on the Politics of Memory, among others.
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