Information in English

Lilián Pallares
Barranquilla - Colombia. 1976.

Interview in El Ojo Crítico, RNE, 2014
Graduate in Journalism and Audiovisual Production with a major in scriptwriting from the University of the North, Barranquilla, Colombia. Lilián Pallares writes poetry, short stories, and the opinion column El Mosquitero in Entretanto Magazine. Her passion for folklore, African roots, and her love of words lead her to create her show, Afrolyrics, which unites poetry and world percussion. In 2017 She received the XIV distinction 'Poetas de Otros Mundos' awarded by the Fondo Poético Internacional in Spain in recognition of the high quality of her poetic oeuvre. She has published the books Ciudad Sonámbula (Aldevara, 2010), Voces Mudas (Fundación Progreso y Cultura, 2011), Pájaro, vértigo (Huerga y Fierro, 2014) and Bestial (Papeles de Trasmoz, Olifante Ediciones de Poesía, August 2019).

Selected as one of the ten best young writers of
Latin America by, New York, 2011.

She is founder and director, alongside New Zealand artist Charles Olsen, of the online poetry project Palabras Prestadas and the literary audiovisual production company antenablue, and with whom she presented the poetry recital with flamenco dance and piano Agita Flamenco in Venice, Italy, and in the General Society of Authors (SGAE), Madrid, 2012. She participated in the Parpadeo Project based in Amsterdam which fuses authentic flamenco with contemporary dance, electronic, neo-classical and ambient music, poetry and cutting edge video art. In 2020 she has been awarded a fellowship, on the theme of Infancy, Play and Public Space, jointly with Charles Olsen at the Centre for Artist Residencies, Matadero, Madrid.

Three of her poems translated into English by Charles Olsen are included in Blackmail Press 39, New Zealand, March 2015, and her poem Desidia ('Apathy') is published in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook (Massey University Press, 2018)

Inspired by her Afro-Colombian roots she has created performances with stage direction by Daniel Aguirre combining traditional oral storytelling, poetry, Afro-Colombian music, dance and audiovisuals such as Afrolyrics 'una historia de amor y tambor' (Afrolyrics 'a story of love and rhythms'), Palabra Azul 'poesía del agua' (Blue Word 'poetry of water'), TAN TAN Poético, and Afrolyrics 'poesía al ritmo de tambor' (Afrolyrics 'poetry to the beat of the drum').

Performance highlights include the Rencontre Abbaye Cultural Centre of Neumünster (Luxemburg), Teatro Adolf Mejía in Cartagena de Indias, and the Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe in Barranquilla (Colombia), Casa América in Madrid, Afroconcienca Matadero in Madrid, Expoesía in Soria, and Black Barcelona in Barcelona (Spain).

AFROLYRICSa story of love and rhythms
Poetry, traditional storytelling, music and dance are
woven together to create a vibrant theatre show where
the audience participate with their own imaginations.

Spot of Afrolyrics. Click CC for English subtitles.


telephone: +34 915 30 40 50
cell: +34 676 069 873

January 2016 — Lilián Pallares's first book 'Sleepwalking City' – Stories from the streets of Madrid, translated by Charles Olsen is available as an ebook.

Sleepwalking City is available from Amazon or to read on KindleUnlimited.

You can 'Look Inside' the book here:




Visit Amazon´s Lilián Pallares Page

Book trailer of Sleepwalking City with English Subtitles: