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Olga Rojas

I am a mother of two children, Lalo and Virginia Pardo and the proud grandmother of two: Juan Luis and Alicia Acosta. I was born In Arica, Chile and started writing stories as soon as I learned how to write and read. My parents brought my seven siblings and me to Edmonton, Canada, in 1976. One of my brothers, Juan Luis Rojas drowned in a lake at the age of 21 and his body remained missing for 4 days (and that, of course, caused us, the family a great deal of grief) and he has been and is my inspiration and always will be.
I was an active member of the “Chilean-Canadian Community of Edmonton” and  the coordinator of its literary contests for three consecutive years. In addition, I wrote for a Spanish-language local monthly newspaper Alternativa Latinoamericana where I conducted interviews of prominent Latino community people. I write in English and Spanish and I translate all my literary works and I have been awarded numerous literary awards such as first place for my short story “El ultimo viaje” (“The last trip” in Edmonton 2000; First  place in 2004 with my poem “La muerte de los oceanos” (The death of the oceans), in Vancouver, British Columbia. Moreover, I have been published in Melbourne, Australia; Miami, Florida (five times); Buenos Aires, Argentina (two times); El Salvador two times;   Edmonton, Canada, two times with my short story titled “The stalker” included in the anthology “Standing together”, edited by Linda Goyette; and in Art Trends Magazine; and Isla Negra, Chile (printed book and ebook) and  I also participated with my written testimonial “Homesick for Edmonton”  in the website”” Some of my works also appear in blogs and I participated (and was accepted) in the Painting a Book of Edmonton Art Show project with my short story “A forest inside the Muttart Conservatory. ”  I have been nominated for the “Latino Canadian Chamber of Commerce of Edmonton”.  I published mi first book Crisis in my life in 2012.  Currently, I contribute my poems and stories in the local newspaper Tribuna Latina and continue writing, which is one of my biggest passions.