Alma Guillermoprieto has written about Latin America for more than 20 years. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and the New Yorker. Guillermoprieto covered the insurrection against Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua for the Guardian and broke the story of the massacre at El Mozote for the Washington Post. Guillermoprieto’s book Samba, an account of the year she spent with impoverished carnival makers in Brazil, was nominated for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her latest book, Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, was published in 2004.
Guillermoprieto has received a MacArthur fellowship, an honoris causa from Baruch University, and a lifetime achievement award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. Guillermoprieto was invited by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to lead the first workshop at the Fundacion Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, and has served on its board. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.