Manuel Vilas was born in Barbastro, in the Huesca region of Spain. Vilas has published 13 books of poetry to date. In addition to Gran Vilas, these include Resurrection, Calor, and more recently El hundimiento. He is the author of numerous novels, including España and El luminoso regalo, and has been widely published in newspapers and literary journals. During his semester at the Obermann Center, he will be working on a new book of nonfiction titled Crónicas americanas (American Chronicles), which will relate the author's confrontations with American culture and myths during his residence in several U.S. cities.