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Agustín Vallejo is a young writer from Paraná (Entre Ríos) who always has some idea up his sleeve. The common denominator? The words.
“If you want to be an artist , start living like one” is one of the headlines that guide you along the way. A kind of north which clings when things become complex and obstacles pull down. “It represents a way of looking at life with which I feel at ease. My texts may be good or bad, everyone will be able to judge them, but there is undoubtedly work on them,” he emphasizes firmly. It is that his projects stand out for perseverance and passion . Just take a walk through his Instagram and other social networks to corroborate the dedication in his words .
If we ask him about the origin of this literary love , it goes back to his childhood and growth . “I could say that I come from a house where there were always books and magazines. My old man had huge, heavy medicine, which contained horrible pictures. On the other hand, my old woman had other stories and also fiction, but even today they are not to my liking,” he says. And he continues: “Literature took place in our home, it had its space, its shelves. We were never a family that had too much left over, although there was money to buy books . I think it was a kind of subliminal message that was left over time.”
So, reading became over the years an important activity for his life, even more than writing. What represented a clash of reality when he began to specialize in his role as a writer and dreaming of dedicating himself to narration. There, he discovered that he lacked practice and proposed a rigorous reading routine and methodology to counter the lack of it. In this way, he managed to acquire new tools and resources that enriched his texts.
At the age of twelve he began to write poems , which became a hobby . However, during high school he was not doing well in the language field. This was because they spent it doing syntactic analysis and that rigor ruined what he liked about creative freedom. Then, at the age of eighteen and faced with the possibility of choosing a career, he opted for the law . While he still does not understand the decision, it lasted a little less than two years and today represents a transient memory.
Later, he worked on radio and was even changed to Social Communication . However, I felt something didn't fit and ended up in a tertiary of Locution . Those three years meant absolute enjoyment in him, since he made scripts and could also perform them in front of the microphone. Likewise, everything changed when a teacher advised her to become a member of the popular library and read everything she could. “I think he was the first person I trust in my words, that I was sure I could write,” he said, remembering her.
From that class, reading became almost compulsive. They recommended Rodolfo Walsh, Leila Guerriero, Truman Capote, Svetlana Aleksievich and a whole line of journalists writers. They were his references , with his monumental investigations, travels around the world and portraits of people. Finally, he was received as a broadcaster, worked in some magazines and published notes in newspapers. He says that narrative journalism was always inside him, circling and playing. Today is already a certainty .
Currently, there are several jobs waiting to see the light. In this sense, he will be premiering a fanzine called We. Stories behind bars , consisting of two deliveries with four stories. It's about a prisoner who knows his passion for lyrics in prison and decides to tell what happens to his peers. It will be your first self-managing, independent and low-budget publication . He also plans to offer it free of charge because he believes that “culture must circulate.”
In addition, he plans to launch a newsletter , where he will interview writers and talk about film, photography and literature. The name will be A thread to share , given that the idea came from a post from you on Twitter. Finally, a podcast will take place, in which you will read stories, novels and poetry. The project aims to link speech with literature , the two factors that shape his life.
Publication Date: 02/09/2020
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