Carolina Sanín Paz (born April 28, 1973) is a Colombian writer who also holds Spanish citizenship. She has published novels, essays, short stories, and children’s books. She has been a professor at SUNY Purchase in the United States, and at University of Los Andes and National University of Colombia in Colombia. She has also worked as a translator, as a television host, and as a film actress. She has contributed periodical columns to several Colombian and international newspapers and magazines.
Sanín was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She grew up in Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena de Indias. She studied philosophy and literature at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, and in 2003 she received a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Literature from Yale University, where she worked with María Rosa Menocal and wrote a dissertation on collections of medieval framed stories.
She lived in Barcelona for seven years, and there she worked as a translator and as a reader for several publishing houses. From 2005 to 2010, she was a professor at SUNY Purchase, and from 2010 to 2016, at the University of Los Andes. She has also taught courses at the National University of Colombia and the Technological University of Pereira. She currently teaches creative writing workshops and independent literature courses in association with the Librería Lerner in Bogotá.
Since 2005, she has published three novels, a collection of short stories, two humor books, two children’s books, two essays, a hybrid genre book, a critical anthology, and a collection of her columns.
In 2019, she starred in Franco Lolli’s film Litigante, which opened the International Critics’ Week at Cannes. Since 2020, she hosts Dominio Público, a talk show aired on Canal Capital.