William Ospina is a Colombian poet, essayist and novelist. He was born in Herveo, Tolima. After studying law at the University of Santiago de Cali, he decided to devote himself to journalism. Between 1979 and 1981, he traveled to several European countries before settling permanently in Bogota. His first novel, Ursúa, praised by Gabriel García Márquez and Fernando Vallejo, was hugely successful in Latin America. He won the Romulo Gallegos Prize for his novel El país de la canela, part of a trilogy about the invasion and conquest of South America.