Daniel Alarcón, host of NPR’s Radio Ambulante, was born in Lima, Peru and raised in the United States. In addition to his role as Executive Producer for Radio Ambulante, Alarcón teaches radio and writing at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He studied Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Alarcón began his career in journalism working for the award-winning Peruvian magazine Etiqueta Negra, covering American culture and politics and serving as Associate Editor. He began writing for magazines like Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker.
Alarcón’s books include War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a 2007 Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. His most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship.
In Fall of 2017, Alarcón released released two books, including his highly-anticipated story collection – The King is Always Above the People. He is currently based in New York.
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