Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. 

His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award after publishing to great critical acclaim in 2015, when it featured on many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian’s Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books.

His novels The Transmigration of Bodies and Kingdom Cons were published in 2016 and 2017 to further acclaim, with The Transmigration of Bodies being longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Prize. He teaches at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.

Signs Preceding the End of the World is the “VCFA Reads” program-wide reading selection for the Winter 2018 residency. Members of the VCFA writing community will discuss the book in facilitated groups, perform readings from it, and participate in a Skype conversation with Herrera, who will join in from Mexico City.