...who i am
Marianna Guédez Forgiarini
Arcaniam is the alter ego of the Venezuelan writer, translator and poet, Marianna G.F.
Marianna had the fortune to discover her passion since an early age . Although she is originally from Venezuela, she had the opportunity to travel around the world at 10 years old due to her parents needing to finish their PhDs in Europe. This period of abrupt changes of her life began to shape her identity and define the pillars of her personality via her unconditional love for discovering new languages, literatures and history by being introduced to various cultures around the world. This little girl found her refuge in her books, always curious about places and stories of the historical pass that were never written. All the characters without a name who lost their voices through time. Eventually, that curiosity turned into an obsession and Marianna started understanding the importance of rescuing the adventures of the heroes, that remain without a name today, thorough writing.
After returning to Venezuela at 15 years old, the little girl’s passion was transformed into a career path where she enrolled at the most prestigious university of her country, The University of Los Andes, Merida, when she was 18 years old. Here she graduated with the highest honors in two B.A. “Classic Languages and Literature” and “Hispanic and Venezuelan Language and Literature.” graduating as Valedictorian of her class. In this period of her life, her literary production was specially focused on writing essays about literary criticism that were praised by other scholars in her field, such as the essay entitled “Analysis of the tuberculosis as a tragic element in Mefistofele, Juan Rafael Pocaterra’s short story.” A vivid analysis that got her in the pages of the national venezuelan newspaper “El Nacional.”
Marianna, continued her artistic production by writing poems that she recited at different poetry events in the country. However, she got best known as a fictional writer, after her short story entitled “The catalog of the eyes” received the award at the Meeting of Literary Creation held by the University of Los Andes. Marianna continued to venture into other genres and in 2014 she wrote the screenwriting for the micro-telenovela entitled “Siempre fuiste tú” (It was always you), that won the award of the Embassy of the United States in Venezuela. An audiovisual project made in collaboration with her sister, Yuliana G.F, the conceptual photographer.
Currently, Marianna lives at Berkeley, California, where she offers its services as a translator and interpreter for different companies at the Bay Area, California. She also offers its services as a writer and editor in Spanish and is currently writing her first historical novel set in the French 17th century which will see the light at the beginning of 2019.