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James Halford is an Australian author who has spent extended periods in Argentina and Mexico and often writes about Latin America. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and criticism have been widely published in Australia and the two Americas. He holds a literature degree and a creative doctorate from the University of Queensland and has undertaken language studies in Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. Critics have described his forthcoming travel memoir Requiem with Yellow Butterflies as “literary in the best sense of the word – attentive to place, inventive in its descriptions and bold in its disclosures.” Señor Barton’s House, his story cycle based on two nineteenth-century Australian Utopian colonies in Paraguay, has been extracted in Antipodes and Wet Ink and is currently being revised as a novel. As an academic, he is particularly interested in comparative perspectives on contemporary Australian and Latin American literature. In 2016, he was one of three writers Australia-wide to be awarded an Emerging Critics Fellowship from the Sydney Review of Books: sydneyreviewofbooks.com/contributors/james-halford/.

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