Juan Villoro was born in Mexico in 1956. He is the recipient of the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia for his volume of stories, La casa pierde [The House Loses] (1999) and the Premio Mazatlan for Efectos personales [Personal Effects] (2000). He is also the author of the novel El disparo de Argon [Argon's Shot] (1995). He has taught at Yale University and Universidad Pompeu i Fabra de Barcelona. He lives in Barcelona.