Andrea Aguilar- Calderón
I write since I was a little girl. Back on those days, when I didn’t know how to write, I used to make drawings in sequence to tell the stories that I used to imagine. Then I learned to read and to write by myself, since I couldn’t wait to go to school. As you can see, it’s my passion.
In my country, I won the Letra Joven Literature Award three times (1995, 1997 and 1999) and the Letra Nova Literature Award (2005) in the categories of short stories and essay. Also, I received one of the scholarships Ruta Quetzal Argentaria of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1998. That was the first time I traveled in my life and I found out that backpacking is my second passion.
I have worked for mass media, government agencies and private companies in Costa Rica, Chile, Spain and Central America.
On the rocking the horse is the English version of my travel blog in Spanish: Sobre el caballito. Based on it, Onada Edicions published my first novel in Spain On the wooden rocking horse, with which I got the VIII International Travel Literature Award City of Benicàssim 2012. (Only available in Spanish).
Currently, I work as a journalist, translator, proofreader and freelance writer as I continue traveling .
If you speak Spanish, you can find out more about me as a writer on my website: andreaaguilar-calderon.com
-B. A. in Journalism with emphasis in Mass Media. Federal University of Costa Rica. 2000-2004.
-B. A in Spanish Philology. University of Costa Rica. 1999-2003. (105 credits approved).
Experience in Literature
-Novel: Sobre el caballito de madera. Onada Edicions. Benicassim, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, 2013.
-International Travel Literature Award Ciudad de Benicassim, 2012. Novel. Spain.
-Blog: Sobre el caballito/On the rocking horse.
-First place. Short stories book. Concurso Letra Nova, 2005. Costa Rica.
-Scholarship Dante Alighieri Cultural Association, 2004. Italy.
-First place. Essay. Concurso Letra Joven, 1999. Costa Rica.
-Scholarship Ruta Quetzal Argentaria, Universidad Complutense of Madrid, 1998. Spain.
-Second place. Short story. Concurso Letra Joven, 1997. Costa Rica.
-First place. Essay. Concurso Letra Joven, 1995. Costa Rica.
Experience in Journalism
-Marketing con impacto. Online marketing company. Editorial assistant. February 2014-present. Chile.
-Por qué doctor Magazine. Freelance journalist. 2013. Spain.
-Blog La mente es maravillosa. Freelance journalist. 2013. Spain.
-EARTH University. Journalist, proofreader, translator. September 2012-March 2013. Costa Rica.
-Fem Magazine Central America and Caribbean. Journalist, proofeader. February 2007-October 2008. Costa Rica.
–Estrategia y Negocios Magazine. Proofreader and translator. February 2007-October 2008. Costa Rica.
-Puente Magazine. Editor in Chief. October 2005- October 2006. Costa Rica.
-Aura Interactiva, e-learning agency. Journalist. May 2005- September 2005. Costa Rica.
-National Congress of Costa Rica. Communication and image supervisor for the Bloque Patriótico Parlamentario Party. August 2003- March 2004. Costa Rica.
–Cyberprensa Magazine. Journalist in Politics and Editorial Assistant. June 2002- February 2003. Costa Rica.
-English: Calasanz High School. Expert. San José, Costa Rica.
-Portuguese: Institute for International Cooperation and Development. Expert. Michigan, United States.
-Italian: Dante Alighieri Institute. Expert. Rome, Italy.
-French: University of Costa Rica. Basic.
-German: Goethe Institut. Basic.
My first trip was to Spain and the last one to Greece.
My goal is to reach 100 countries that I chose as a little girl, when I played with my Barbies: in my imagination, they used to win a contest to travel around the world. (For the contest, I used the most boring globe, which somebody gave me as Christmas present when I was 7 years old and which still included the Soviet Union).