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Juan Carlos Galeano is a writer born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He has published several books of poetry and has translated North American poets into Spanish. Over a decade of fieldwork on symbolic narratives of riverine and forest people in the Amazon basin resulted in his production of a comprehensive collection of storytelling (Folktales of the Amazon, ABC-CLIO, 2008), as well as two documentary films (The Trees Have a Mother, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2008), and El Río (2018). His poetry inspired by Amazonian cosmologies and the modern world (Amazonia 2003, 2012, Stories of the Wind, 2013, and Yakumama and other Mythical Beings, 2014), has been anthologized and published in international journals such Casa de las Américas (Cuba), The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares (U.S.). He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he teaches Latin American poetry and Amazonian Cultures at Florida State University.



Juan Carlos Galeano

Juan Carlos Galeano


625 University Way

Tallahassee, FL 32306


(850)-321-5251 (Cellular)

To book a special presentation of The Trees Have a Mother, El Rio, or any other of the author's books and projects, please contact Juan Carlos Galeano directly at

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