Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He now lives in Chicago and is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, the Santa Monica Review, National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, W. W. Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America, and The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Stories Inspired by Iconic Vegas Photographs. He is currently at work on a novel.


We were sitting around, my family and me, all of us not being disappointed at how I turned out, when my uncle brought up Ricardo Niebla. My wife and I had been in the thin air of Bogotá almost a…