Mario Martz was born in León, Nicaragua, in 1988. At the age of 22, he was the recipient of the National Prize from the Centro Nicaragüense de Escritores for his poetry collection Viaje al reino de los tristes (CNE, 2010). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he worked as an editor of the Rio Grande Review. As part of the guest editors program at the Frankfurt International Book Fair 2016, Anamá ediciones exhibited a series of stories from his book Los jóvenes no pueden volver a casa, and in 2017 he was invited to the Guadalajara International Book Fair to participate in the literary programs Nombrar a Centroamérica and Latinoamérica Viva. His literary work has been published in Nuevo cuento centroamericano (France: Latinoir, 2018), Queremos tanto a Claribel (Spain: Valparaíso, 2014), Resistencia en la tierra (Chile: Ocean Sur, 2014); Instantáneas de Centroamérica (Mexico: Literal, 2013) and Los 2000, autores nicaragüenses del nuevo milenio(Managua: Leteo ediciones, 2012). Excerpts of his work has been published in periodicals such as The New York Times, Rara, Carátula, Cuadrivio, Álastor, among others.