Mónica Ojeda, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1988, has a Master in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies and has taught at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil. She is currently working on her PhD in Humanities with a focus on Latin American pornographic literature in Madrid. She was awarded the Alba Narrativa Prize in 2014 for her novel La desfiguración Silva (Arte y Literatura, 2015) and the Third National Poetry Prize Desembarco in 2015 for El ciclo de las piedras (Rastro de la Iguana Ediciones, 2015). In 2017, Mónica was included in the prestigious Bogotá 39 group, which selects thirty-nine writers under forty who have the potential and talent to mark the future of Latin American literature. Ojeda is one of the most exciting contemporary writers from Latin America because of her willingness to explore topics that others might consider taboo, the precise and surprising ways that she uses and language, and the way she weaves theoretical perspectives and pop culture references into the worlds she creates.
“Kiki Ortega” From NefandoBy Mónica Ojeda, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker.
Nefando is composed of a collection of interviews, journal entries, the beginnings of a novel, online forum discussions about a controversial video game, and drawings that work together to create a portrait of six people sharing an apartment in Barcelona. Told through various voices, this novel is an examination of trauma and sexuality and the ways such experiences are navigated in the digital age.