1973, Salvador Allende’s government was overthrown by Augusto
Pinochet’s dictatorship and due to this event, military
authorities also took over Saint George’s High School. Amante
Eledin Parraguez had to leave Saint George’s, (as an exiled
student within his own country) and enroll at San Ignacio High
School, run by the Jesuit Priests, where he finished his secondary
1975 he attended the University of Chile, where he graduated in
1978 with a degree in Education and was ready to work as a public
school teacher. While he attended the University of Chile, Amante
Eledin worked as an illustrator for childrens educational material.
These children and their parents participated in a non-governmental
education program called “Padres e Hijos”, whose activities
were developed in poor rural school and in “Comedores Infantiles”
under the supervision of the Catholic Church.
1979 he received a scholarship to attend the University of Portland,
where he earned a Masters degree of Art in education in 1981.
in Chile, he started to work as an elementary teacher at “Andacollo’s
School” in Santiago. On top of his teaching responsibilities,
he worked part time at “EDUPO” (The Popular Educational
Team), where he worked with audiovisual and didactic material.
Those participating in this program where people from community
organizations belonging to the West Diocese Catholic Church of
1986 Amante Eledin returned to Saint George’s College as
a 4th grade teacher. As a Spanish language teacher he involved
his students in reading and writing poems, and aside from the
normal classes, he worked with his students in a Poetry workshops
to encourage them to write poetry. In 1989 he published this experience
in a book called El Pequeño autor
first poems were published in a pamphlet called Mi casa in 1978.
while he was studying at the University of Portland he published
his book Digo mañana de algún modo. This book was
later re-published in a second edition in 1992 in Santiago. Since
1981, when he returned to Chile, he began participating in a group
composed of young poets of his generation, gathered around the
Taller Hurbano, where he had the chance to publish some of his
poems in “Contramuro” a poetry magazine.
By the second half of the 80’s, he founded the poets group
Taller Barracón, along with other young poets of the former
Taller Hurbano. He worked as the editor and was in charge of the
publication of the magazine “Caliope”, which has been
published since 1991.