Gallery of Dominican Writers

Marcio Veloz Maggiolo

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He was born in Santo Domingo on August 13, 1936. Son of Francisco Veloz Molina and Merecedes Maggiolo, he is a narrator, poet, essayist, literary critic, archeologist and anthropologist. He completed his primary education at the Mexico School and secondary education at the President Trujillo High School and Hostos School, where he graduated in 1957. He received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Letters from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (1962), and a doctorate in American history from the University of Madrid (1970). He also completed advance studies in journalism in Quito, Ecuador. He functioned as Undersecretary of State for Culture, as Director of the Research Department at the Dominican Museum of Man, as Director of the Anthropology and History Department at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), as Founding Director of the Department of Cultural Extension at UASD, and as Director of the Museo de las Casas Reales (Museum of the Royal Households). In addition, he has served as Dominican Ambassador to Mexico, Peru and Rome. Among the multiple awards he has received for his creative work are: National Novel Prize (1981) for “La Biografia Difusa de Sombra Castañeda”; National Short Story Prize (1981) for “La Fertil Agonia de Amor”; National Novel Prize (1990) for “Materia Prima”; National Novel Prize (1992) for “Ritos de Cabaret”; National Literature Prize (1996) and the National Book Fair Prize (1997) for “Trujillo, Villa Francisa y otros Fantasmas”. Part of his narrative and essay work has been translated to English, Italian, French and German. Nationally and internationally, he is one of the most prolific and disseminated Dominican contemporary writers.

Published Work

Literature
“El sol y las cosas” (1957), “El buen ladrón” (1960), “Creonte y seis relatos” (1961), “Intus” (1962), “El prófugo” (1962), “Judas - El buen ladrón” (1962), “La vida no tiene nombre” (1965), “Los ángeles de hueso” (1966), “Cultura, teatro y relatos en Santo Domingo” (1969), “De abril en adelante” (1975), “Sobre cultura dominicana” (1977), “De dónde vino la gente” (1978), “Sobre cultura y política cultural en la República Dominicana” (1980), “La biografía difusa de Sombra Castañeda” (1981), “La palabra reunida” (1981), “Novelas cortas” (1981), “La fértil agonía del amor” (1981), “Apearse de la máscara” (1986), “Florbella” (1986), “Cuentos, recuentos y casicuentos” (1986), “Poemas en ciernes y Retorno a la palabra” (1986), “Materia prima” (1990), “Ritos de cabaret” (1992), “El Jefe iba descalzo” (1993), “Trujillo, Villa Francisca y otros fantasmas” (1996). “El hombre del acordeón” (2003), “La mosca soldado” (2004).

Anthropology and Science
“Arqueología prehistórica de Santo Domingo” (1972), “El precerámico de Santo Domingo, nuevos lugares y su posible relación con otros puntos del área antillana” (in collaboration with Elpidio Ortega, 1973), “Esquema para una revisión de nomenclaturas arqueológicas del poblamiento precerámico de las Antillas” (in collaboration with  Plinio Pina and Manuel García Arévalo, 1974), “El Caimito: un antiguo complejo ceramista de las Antillas Mayores” (in collaboration with Elpidio Ortega and Plinio Pina, 1974), “Cayo Cofresí, un sitio precerámico de Puerto Rico” (collective work, 1975), “Arqueología de Yuma, República Dominicana” (in collaboration with Mario Sanoja, Iraida Vargas and Fernando Luna Calderón, 1976), “Medio ambiente y adaptación humana en la prehistoria de Santo Domingo”, 2 vols. (1975 - 1976), “Arqueología de Cueva de Berna” (collective work, 1977), “Arqueología de Punta Garza” (collective work, 1977), “Arte indígena y economía en Santo Domingo” (1977), “Pipas indígenas de Santo Domingo y Puerto Rico” (1978), “Investigaciones arqueológicas en la provincia de Pedernales” (collective work, 1979), “Las sociedades arcaicas de Santo Domingo” (1980), “Vida y cultura en la prehistoria de Santo Domingo” (1980), “Los modos de vida mellacoides” (in collaboration with Elpidio Ortega and Angel Caba, 1981), “La arqueología de la vida cotidiana” (1981), “Estudio arqueológico del poblado circular precolombino de Juan Pedro” (in collaboration with Elpidio Ortega, 1986), “Panorama histórico del Caribe precolombino” (1990), “La fundación de la villa de Santo Domingo” (in collaboration with Elpidio Ortega, 1991), and “La Española antes de Colón” (1993).

To honor his literary and cultural merits, in 2006, the IX International Book Fair of Santo Domingo was dedicated to him.