Francisco Proaño Arandi was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, in 1944. In 1982 he was awarded Segunda Mencion in the Plural Concurso Internacional de Cuentos in Mexico for his story íOposición a la Magia,ë and in 1984, the Jose Mejia Lequerica Premio Nacional del Municipio de Quito for his novel Antiguas Caras en el Espejo. He is the author of the following books: Poesías (Poetry, 1961), Historias de Disecadores (Stories, 1972), Antiguas Caras en el Espejo (Novel, 1984), Oposición a la Magia (Stories, 1986), La Doblez (Stories, 1986), Del Otro Lado de las Cosas (Novel, 1993), Cuentos: Antología (Story Anthology, 1995), Historias del País Fingido (Stories, 2003), La Razón y El Presagio (Novel, 2003), and Perfil Inacabado (Story Anthology, 2004). His short fiction has appeared in various anthologies in Ecuador, Germany, Cuba, Colombia, Spain, and Portugal. He has served as a diplomat representing the Embassy of Ecuador in Colombia (1972–73), the former U.S.S.R. (1973–77), Cuba (1980–84), Yugoslavia (1990–92), Nicaragua (1995–97), Costa Rica (1997–2000), El Salvador (2004–6), and Argentina (2006–Present).