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Elsye Suquilanda


Kollektiv Dunckerstrasse
© jarno eerola


Born: 27.6.1979
Birthplace: Quito
Country of birth: Ecuador
Lives in: Berlin, Prenzlauerg Berg

Language: Spanish, German, English
Working language: Spanish, English

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Elsye Suquilanda Jaramillo was born in Quito, Ecuador 1979 and is a poetic performer, writer and the co-creator of the Dogsofia "Chichoismo" by means of the art to teach love and respect to all living creatures. Her writings and poetry have been translated into German, English, French, Finnish, Portuguese, Japanese and Shuar (native language from Ecuadorian Amazonia). Resides in Berlin since 2008, part of the Kollektiv Dunckerstrasse. Her performatic poetic work includes music, video and costumes. She began to write stories at the age of 6, poetry that would later become books, essays, plays and film scripts. A short film directed and performed by Elsye,"Gauzes in the Uterus", presented in several festivals worldwide. 

"Grito de Mujer", "In Kult Open mic", "Fieber Festival", "Latinale", "ALBA" Berlin. In 2012 she was invited with her children's story "Julieta la perrita que se humana" to the book fair of Havana - Cuba. "Latinale Académica" with her project Creatures of Kaurismäki / investigative poetry (Finnish-Spanish) in the event “Vodka Papaya: Sauna de poesía latino-polar” within the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Literary Festival SOUNDOUT different ways of presenting literatur 2014 with "Swimming pool of poetry" project. Weltliteratur Salon (Berliner Literature) with the Argentinian writer Esther Andradi, Berlin 2014. "Auroras Borealis wrapped in crisp volcanoes" within the framework of the Latin American Autumn - Hamburg 2014. XLI International Congress of Jena 2016, in the project: Living in another language , Latin American writers living in Germany. International Poetry Festival in Guayaquil "Ileana Espinel Cedeño" Ecuador 2016. "Poet's Corner" within the framework of the Poesie Festival Berlin 2017. Poem “Sommer in Berliner Krankenhäusern” was published in a music app that turns poetry into music at Frankfurt Book Fair 2017.  X International Poetry Festival in Puerto Rico - P.R 2018. II Festival of Ancestral oratory and new narratives, Santa Cruz – Galápagos, Ecuador 2018. Paralelo Cero 11th International Encounter of Poets in Ecuador 2019. Book Fair Casa Catapulta Quito, Ecuador 2019. Sisunga (art, suntaintable life, activism project) Quito, Ecuador 2019. Festival of Poets " Otro Modo de Ser"  Barcelona 2019. "Creaturas Fantásticas" Kultur Saloon Madame Shoscha *Barcelona 2019.  Day of the book  - project Cuentísimos Instituto Cervantes  Bruxelles, Belgium 2020. Parataxe Digital Special edition Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Berlin 2020. 

Anthologies and Magazines:
Poetry Festival Jóven Hugo Mayo-Guayaquil Ecuador 2005.
"Transversalia" Humboldt Latin America magazine Berlin 2012.
"Cita con la Poesía” Madrid - Berlin 2013 - 2016.
"Tejedor en Berlin" Bilbao-Berlin poetic project 2014.
Text "Mujer de Pelo en Teta" in book of narrations, authorship of Ecuadorian migrants "Me fuí a volver" by Diego Falconí Tráves, Barcelona - Quito 2014.
Text "Américo" in "It occurs to me that I am America" by Nicole Delgado, Puerto Rico - New York 2015.
Project "Stadtpoesie" within the framework of the literature festival Stadtsprachen -Berlin 2016.
International Poetry Festival Ileana Espinel Cedeño Guayaquil – Ecuador 2016.
Ecuadorian poetry exhibition Tokyo Japan 2017.
Text: "Criaturas de Kaurismäki, en el lado de la Esperanza" as a special guest in the Aurora Boreal Magazine Copenhagen 2017 and “Creatures of Kaurismäki, on the side of Hope” by Statdsprachen Magazin Berlin 2018.
“Vodkarious Verdus” within the framework of the X International Poetry Festival in Puerto Rico - P.R 2018.
Madera literatur magazine Berlín 2018,
Álastor literatur magazine Nicaragua 2018.
Valdivias Fanzine II Festival of Ancestral oratory and new narratives, Santa Cruz – Galápagos, Ecuador 2018.
Book „Todo boca arriba“ – „Alles kopfüber“ analysis of Elsye´s work by Ethel Barja, edited by Rike Bolte - Latinale Académica 2018 . Lateinamerika Nachrichten Magazin, Berlin 2019.
Parataxe das Berliner Stadtsprachen Magazin, Berlin 2019.
Zu project, New York 2019.
Kundra literatur magazine, Argentina - Berlin 2019.
Paralelo Cero Anthology, Quito - Ecuador. 2019.
Anthology "Podemos mentirle al placer" Ecuadorian poetry exhibition (1976 – 1990) selection and prologue  Augusto Rodríguez, Amargord - Madrid 2019.
Words and Worlds magazine for migration literatur, Austria 2019.
Bitácora del Párvulo, San Juan - Puerto Rico 2019. 
Part of project  "Ábrete Sésamo" by Sr. Maniquí, 8 poems - 8 songs, Quito - Ecuador 2019.
Alameda 39 Spanish poetry magazine, issue #5. 13 female poets from Germany. Spain 2019.
Poesía del Prójimo, Guayaquil - Ecuador 2019.
Río Grande Review Literature magazine issue # 50. El Paso - Texas 2019.
Contratiempo magazine edition no. 147,  Latinoamérica Arde, Chicago - Illinois 2020
Círculo literario de mujeres, Ciudad de México - México  2020

6 Questions

What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?

planet exchange, life

What do you love about Berlin?

freedom, the creativity, respect for animals

What do you miss in Berlin?

my parents, my dog Julieta, my long Quito, the volcanoes, the smell of happiness in the south of Ecuador Macará the border with Perú.

What is your favorite spot in Berlin?

Dunckerstraße where my life started again without knowing and continued in this crystal ball called Berlin.

Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?

I am more mature, more calm, I have more inner peace. In Berlin I had been learning a lot, testing different flavours, different textures, meeting new creatures, every day is an adventure for me, maybe I am more precise in what I want, I can dance with my writings, I am not afraid anymore. Berlin is the place where I fell on the floor many times and where I stand up with new stories and laughs in my hands.


Publications in german

Publications in original language

Lensi Lusikka Suussa

Mecánica Giratoria |Barcelona , 2020 Poetry

030 - Berlin

L.U.P.I - Zoográfico |Bilbao - Madrid, 2018 Poetry

Cenicienta de Späti, o, a lo criollo, Cenicienta de la tienda más cercana de su barrio

Kollektiv Dunckerstrasse , 2015 Techno Noise Poetry

Julieta la perrita que se cree humana

Independent |Berlin, 2011 animal rights story


Abya Yala |Quito - Ecuador , 2003 Surrealist Poetry

Vientre de un Elefante Violeta

Salta pa´tras |San Luis Potosí - México , 2019 Poetry

Agua de Mono Eau de Toilette Spree

Ajolote |Quito - Ecuador , 2016 Poetry

Te envío mis amígdalas en una paloma mensajera

no Verlag Milena Berlin, 2014 Poetry

Cortina de circo popular

Independent |Berlin, 2010 Poetry

Israel, sueño, verdad y esperanza

Independent |Quito - Ecuador , 1997 Poetry