George Mario Angel Quintero

The son of Colombian parents, George Mario Angel Quintero was born in 1964 in San Francisco, California. He studied literature at the University of California, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. As George Angel, he has published poetry, fiction, and essays in English. A book of short fiction, The Fifth Season, won the 1995 Fiction Collective 2 Nilon Award. A new and selected poems, On the Voice, was published in 2016. Since 1995, he has lived in Medellin, Colombia, authoring six books of poetry, and three books of theatre plays all in Spanish under the name Mario Angel Quintero. He continues to write and publish in both English and Spanish. He is a visual artist and the director and playwright of the theatre company Parpado Teatro, as well as a founding member of several musical groups.

Photo: Berta Nelly Arboleda


Found In Translation »

Rebecca DeWald, George Mario Angel Quintero and Menna Elfyn explore the fluidity of translation                                               

Sat 9 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: George Mario Angel Quintero, Gerda Stevenson

Fri 8 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street

In this cold’s tending time »

Poetry interventions as cross-arts performances

Fri 8 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

Párpado »

Videos of poetry in motion from Párpado Teatro

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room


Like a baked head of garlic,

my singing spills over,
suppurates onto the hot surfaces
of where I am now.

Bluejays bundle
and break apart again,
as if needing momentary
nearness in mid-arc.

A sack of old flesh
squeezing out tears,
now and again.

Yes, this must be
what is called
the sentimental life!


George Mario Angel Quintero