Mauricio Ruiz

Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. His work has appeared in Electric Literature, The Rumpus, River Teeth, Literal Magazine, among others. He has received fellowships from OMI Writers in New York, and from the Three Seas Council in Rhodes. His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.
23 January 2021

A new way to repurpose the Religious Heritage in Flanders

A blackbird lands on the branch of a pear tree and sings, the notes of its melody reaching the ears of a passerby on Boeveriestraat, perhaps […]
12 January 2021

10 Premieres you’ll want to watch at home in 2021

Confinement periods are being extended in different parts of the world, specially in Europe. Vaccination has started but it remains unclear how soon the safety measures […]
23 December 2020

10 books to buy as Christmas gifts this year

The Holiday Season is around the corner and the pace of our day-to-day responsibilities will hopefully start to slow down. We will have more time to […]
22 December 2020

Where is Santa Claus from?

An old man dressed in red rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer and delivers toys to children in their sleep. He enjoys climbing down chimneys and […]
22 December 2020

“I aspire to a more local and sustainable tourism in the years to come” – Delphine Houba

2020 will be a year many will want to forget. The shock to the economy and freedom of movement, the lack of face-to-face social interaction will […]
11 December 2020

10 Famous people from Belgium you should know about

Belgium might be a small country but for centuries it has been a crossroad of cultures, trade and intellectual exchange. It was also at the epicenter […]
4 December 2020

Multicultural Kazakhstan: A colorful tour of its multiple religions

The Alatau mountains sleep in the distance, their jagged profile cutting the cobalt blue sky in Eastern Kazakhstan. At the feet of these mountains, mares graze […]
26 November 2020

Argentina in mourning: Maradona dies of heart failure aged sixty

The man that many Argentinians called “Dios”, god in Spanish – sometimes written “D10S”, in reference to his jersey number, 10, in the Argentine national team […]
25 November 2020

How has the pandemic hit the cultural sector in Europe and beyond?

The stage is unlit. The wooden floor hasn’t been moped for weeks and a thin layer of dust is darkening the creases of the red curtains […]
24 November 2020

Did you know Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium?

She’s not wearing a picture hat or sunglasses. Nor is she wearing a pearl necklace. With a towel wrapped around her head she’s sitting on the […]
18 November 2020

4 Traditional taverns you have to visit in Brussels

Ride your bike a few miles southwest of Brussels and your nose will tell you something unique about Belgium: beer is brewed everywhere. What better place […]
5 November 2020

Jazzing in Dinant:
The birthplace of the saxophone

Imagine a world without the music of John Coltrane or Charlie “Bird” Parker. Imagine Tom Jobim’s “The Girl from Ipanema” without the lush sounds of Stan […]
4 November 2020

7 Famous writers who stayed in Brussels

In the spring of 1816 an episode of chance made Lord Byron’s stay in Brussels longer than desired. His original plan was to travel straight to […]
29 October 2020

4 Mexican traditions to honor the Dead

A woman powders her cheeks and forehead, the area above her lips. Her eyes are surrounded by blackness. She smiles and continues with the task, one […]
22 October 2020

How has the drop in tourism affected indigenous communities?

Before the spread of Covid-19, tourism provided a promising approach to sustainable development, a path for indigenous communities to alleviate poverty, increase access to healthcare and […]
14 October 2020

6 European Female Poets on how
literature can make us travel in 2020

Sound travels from vowel to vowel, it jumps from one syllable to the next. A sequence of words enters our ear, touches our retina, then the […]
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