Marco Avilés
Maine writer Marco Aviles

Marco Avilés

Bilingual journalist and writer. Marco was born in Peru, where he lived most of his life before immigrating to Maine. He has three books published. "De dónde venimos los cholos" (Where Do We Cholos Come From) was considered by The New York Times-Español among the 10 most relevant published in 2016, in Spanish. Marco writes long-form journalism and memoir, and, in Latin America, he is becoming one of the voices that speak about race and racism. His most recent book, "No soy tu cholo" (I Am Not Your Cholo), explains what being a brown person with indigenous roots (a cholo) means in terms of access to jobs and education in a world still ruled and shaped by white people. Marco is a frequent contributor to Spanish magazines and newspapers. His essays have been translated into German, French, and Italian. His first piece in English was published at Smithsonian Magazine. He is looking forward to reaching American audiences. Marco works as a Community Health Worker in Central Maine, where he serves the Latino community. He lives in Bowdoinham with his wife Annie Avilés and a Peruvian hairless dog named Piji. He loves cooking and having two-hour lunches whenever possible.