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Mariella Sala is a short story writer, journalist, editor, and media activist. She began her career as a reporter specializing in women's issues and, in 1979, became managing editor of the magazine Mujer. In 1984, Sala published her book of short stories, Desde el exilio. Her stories have been translated into English, French, and German and published in many anthologies of Latin American literature. In 1983, Sala began to work full time for the Flora Tristan Centro de la Mujer Peruana, one of the two main women's liberation organizations in Peru, where she organized press

contacts, coordinated a daily radio program, edited a magazine Viva, and founded and ran the group's publishing house, where she initiated the Magda Portal writing contest for young women. She was at various points both Director and Chair of the Board of Flora Tristan, and, in 1992, was given a Dashiell Hammett-Lillian Hellman Award by Human Rights Watch for fighting Sendero Luminoso's censorship by terror. In 1995, she became director of Tafos, a non-profit photographic agency, and in 1999, became a correspondent for Fempress, a Latin American press service based in Chile. She also writes articles for the media in Norway and the Netherlands. Sala is currently employed as Director of the Latin American Press Agency. She is the founding Chair of RELAT, the Latin American network of women writers.



  • Desde el exilio. Lima: Ediciones Muñeca Rota, 1984. 2nd revised edition, Lima: Ediciones Muñeca Rota, 1988. (stories)
  • Cuentistas Peruanos de hoy. Lima: Instituto Goethe, 1985. (story)
  • Cuentan las mujeres. Lima: Instituto Goethe, 1986. (story)
  • El camino. Lima: Instituto Nacional de Cultura, 1987. (story)
  • "El muro y la intemperie." El Nuevo Cuento Latinoamericano. Edited by Julio Ortega. Hanover: Ediciones del Norte, 1989. (story)
  • Scents of Wood and Silence: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers. Edited by Kathleen Ross and Yvette E. Miller. Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, l991. (story)
  • Mujeres de palabra. San Juan: Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1993. (stories)
  • A flor de piel. Cuentos y ensayos sobre erotismo en el Perú. Buenos Aires: Peisa, l993. (story)
  • "Noche Limeña." Eine Blume Auf Dem Platz. Berlin: Edition diá, 1994. (story)
  • "Lo femenino en las novelas de las mujeres." Otras Pieles. Resumen del seminario cultura, etnia y genero en la Universidad Catolica. Edited by el Fondo Editorial de la Universidad. Puerto Rico,1995. (essay)
  • "El lenguado." 17 Narradoras Latino-americanas (17 Latin American Women Writers). Bogotá: Coédicion latinoamericana (CERALC/UNESCO), 1996. (story)
  • VIVA! Editor, issues 1-15, 1984-89.



Director, Latinamerica Press
Based in Lima, Peru, Latinamerica Press has been publishing independent news, analysis, and information materials since 1969.

International Director, RELAT (Red de Escritoras Latinoamericanas)


Biography (in Spanish)

Esther Andradi, "RELAT: Red latinoamericana de escritores."