Andrea Chapela

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Mexico City
  • Chemistry
  • MFA in Spanish Creative Writing
Alma mater
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • The University of Iowa
  • Writer of fiction Nonfiction
  • Poetry

Andrea Chapela (born 1990, Mexico City) is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy.

Life and Education

Chapela holds a degree in Chemistry from the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and an Master of Fine Arts in Spanish Creative Writing from University of Iowa. She is also an alumna of the Clarion West Writers Workshop for fantasy and science fiction, class of 2017. She lived for two years in the famed Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, where she was given a grant to work on an essay collection, and has been a FONCA scholar twice (2016-2017 for stories and 2019-2020 for novels).

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The four books of Chapela's YA fantasy tetralogy Vâudïz (La heredera, El creador, La cuentista and El cuento) were published between 2009 and 2015 by the publishing house Urano[1]. In 2016, Chapela was awarded a Jóvenes Creadores grant for a science fiction short story collection. Some of these stories have been published in Samovar[2], Tierra Adentro[3], and Alucinadas IV, a Spanish anthology.

The short story collection Un año de servicio a la habitación was pubished by UDG in 2019, and won the National Juan José Arreola Literature Prize.[4]

In that same year, Chapela received the Gilberto Owen National Prize for Literature in Mexico for the short story collection Ansibles, perfiladores y otras máquinas de ingenio.[5] The book was published by Almadía[6] in 2020. According to Indent Literary Agency, "These ten stories take place in futures where a collection of devices like pings, ansibles, lenses, profilers, or sensory curtains—some of these installed within the human body—allow people to link their minds in a digital cloud, share their thoughts and memories, filter their perceptions, or calculate the success of a romance while they eat basket tacos or navigate the streets of a Mexico City that is completely covered by water. With devastating intelligence, Andrea Chapela confronts her protagonists with realities where scientific knowledge, cutting-edge technology, and daily life interact in ways that are increasingly intricate and inevitable, so that even in the privacy of their minds, the voice of their own conscience no longer reigns."[7]


Chapela regularly contributes to literary magazines like Este País[8], Literal Magazine[9], Vaso Cósmico[10], and Tierra Adentro[11].

Her essay collection Grados de miopía [The Visible Unseen] won the José Luis Martínez National Prize in Mexico for essays by young writers.[12] The book is a lyrical essay, published by Tierra Adentro in fall 2019. Luis Jorge Boone of Tierra Adentro says of the collection: "[Chapela's] method is exchanging lyrical doubt with personal experimentation, allowing knowledge to become a metaphor and everyday experiences to mark the course of curiosity.”[13]

Publication in English Translation

As of 2021, Chapela is represented by Indent Literary Agency, based in New York.[14]

Some of the poems from her MFA thesis have been translated into English and published in the Brooklyn Rail InTranslation[15], and selections of her nonfiction and science fiction have also been published in English translation, including the short story "The Person You are Trying to Reach is Not Available."[16] The first essay in her nonfiction collection Grados de miopía was published in English translation in the journal Tupelo Quarterly.[17]


  • La heredera (Book 1 of the tetralogy Vâudïz), 2008
  • El creador (Book 2 of the tetralogy Vâudïz), 2009
  • La cuentista (Book 3 of the tetralogy Vâudïz), 2012
  • El cuento (Book 4 of the tetralogy Vâudïz), 2015
  • Un año de servicio a la habitación, 2019
  • Grados de miopía, 2019
  • Ansibles, perfiladores y otras máquinas de ingenio, 2020


  1. "Chapela Saavedra, Andrea de Lourd". (in español). Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  2. "Samovar". Samovar.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Tierra Adentro". Tierra Adentro.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Grande, Podcast RadioUdeG Zapotlán el (2019-12-05). ""Un año de Servicio a la Habitación" es presentado durante la Feria Internacional del Libro". UDG TV (in español). Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  5. Entretenimiento |. "Andrea Chapela y Karen Villeda: Premio Gilberto Owen 2018 | Más Cultura" (in español). Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  6. "Editorial Almadía". Editorial Almadía.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Ansibles, perfiladores y otras máquinas de ingenio". Indent Literary Agency. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  8. "Este Pais". Este Pais.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Literal Magazine". Literal Magazine.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Vaso Cosmico". Vaso Cosmico.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Tierra Adentro". Tierra Adentro.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. Cultura, Dirección General de Comunicación Social, Secretaría de. "Sala de prensa - Cultura en los estados - Secretaría de Cultura". (in spanish). Retrieved 2021-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  13. "Grados de miopía". Indent Literary Agency. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  14. "Andrea Chapela". Indent Literary Agency. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  15. "InTranslation". InTranslation.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. Andrea Chapela Issue: 26 June 2017 6044 words (2017-06-26). "The Person You Are Trying To Reach Is Not Available | La persona que busca no está disponible". Samovar. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  17. "Experiment One: Seeing Through".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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