in first person

Foto: Patrícia Braga

This writing is still in progress, but I can already tell you some basic information.

First of all, I would like to tell you a little about my career as a journalist and author.

In Brazil, I was an editor of several newspapers and magazines (I graduated in Journalism). I completed Master and PhD in Communication Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP), where I investigated the limits and possibilities of the biographical narratives.

My researches have merged into three distinguished books in the ecosystem of Brazilian journalism, whose titles translated into English would be something like this:

I have also published two novels (both in portuguese also): “The Surface Above Us” (2015) and “Foreigners In The N Train” (1997). “Foreigners” is a realistic-literary narrative on how the illegal Brazilian immmigrants live in New York City and what they think about their conditions. It won the “Jabuti Prize” (1998), the highest national prize in Literature in Brazil.

I was also a co-founder of the Brazilian Academy of Literary Journalism (ABJL, acronym in Portuguese). I taught in the ABJL (and also managed it) from 2005 to 2011, period during which I introduced in the postgraduate course – a Master of Arts in Narrative Journalism – the following disciplines: “Biographical Journalism”, “Memoir” and “Autobiography”.

Between 2011 and 2015, I was a professor of “Journalistic Methods and Techniques” (degree and post-graduation) in the Faculdade Cásper Líbero, one of the Brazil’s most prestigious Journalism School.

In addition, I have written biographical narratives with Narrative Journalism methods and techniques for companies, families and individuals interested in reconstructing their memories. In this line of work, I launched two biographical books: “Doctor Challenge” (2011), the story of Luiz Garcia, an irreverent and hick entrepreneur from the West of Brazil who became an important player in the telecommunicatiom and agribusiness sectors; and “Ivens Dias Branco” (2018, 2nd edition), the founder and president of M. Dias Branco S/A, a major Brazilian producer in food sector.

Speaking instead of my interests, I like reading, although in recent years the time for reading has been very little. The reading of novels, which I have always liked most, has been unfortunately reduced as well.

I am a fan of cinema and TV series.

Music is a passion (above all: classical, jazz, soul, rhythm & blues, and Bossa Nova).

Psychologically speaking, I consider myself a reserved and introspective man, but also emphatic and witty.

I write articles and essays (in Portuguese) for a website I have designed and that I edit since April 2018: “Repensando Atitudes” [Rethinking Attitudes], focused on reflections about who we think we are and how we can think/act better.

repensando atitudes

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