29 de November de 2017

Winner of the 2017 Lorca International Poetry Prize

Pere Gimferrer has been awarded the Lorca International Poetry Prize by the jury at this 14th edition of the annual award. The members of the jury were Aurora Egido (Real Academia Española de la Lengua), Carlos Pardo (Federico García Lorca Foundation), Fernando Fernández-Arias (Casa de América), Mercedes Cebrián (Residencia de Estudiantes), José Luis Martínez-Dueñas (Academia de Buenas Letras, Granada), Amelina Correa Ramón (Spanish Literature Department at Granada University), and the literary critics Jesús Ruiz Mantilla (El País), Laura Revuelta (ABC) and Antonio Lucas (El Mundo).

The jury picked the winner “for the universality of his poetry, his breadth and ability to connect worlds that previously were not included in literature, and for his constant renovation over half a century, regenerating the poetry scene, as well as for his linguistic versatility in a Spanish and European context.

[Bibliographic note by the RAE] Pere Gimferrer, who was born in Barcelona in 1945, is a writer in Catalan and Castilian Spanish, a translator and a literary critic. He studied law, philosophy and the arts at the University of Barcelona. He is a still-active founder member of the Luxembourg-based Académie Européenne de Poésie, as well as a member of the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona and the World Poetry Academy. His numerous honours include the Catalan Regional Government’s Creu de Sant Jordi (1989) and the Spanish National Poetry Prize, which he has won twice, in 1966 for Arde el mar and in 1988 for El vendaval. The latter collection also won Ciutat de Barcelona Prize, the Critics’ Prize, the regional government’s Catalan Literature Prize and the Cavall Verd. In the 1960s he published several works of particular significance in his career as a poet: Malienus (1962), Mensaje del Tetrarca (1963), La muerte en Beverly Hills (1968) and De “Extraña fruta” y otros poemas (1969). His more recent collections include Amor en vilo (2006), Interludio azul (2006), Tornado (2008), Rapsodia (2011) and Alma Venus (2012). As an essayist he has published Radicalidades (extended edition, 2000), Lecturas de Octavio Paz (1980), Los raros (1985) and Cine y literatura (updated edition, 2012). His only novel, Fortuny, won the Ramón Llull and Joan Crexells prizes in 1983. His Works in Catalan besides Fortuny and El vendaval, include the poetry collections L’espai desert (1981), Mascarada (1996), El castell de la puresa (2014, also published in Castilian Spanish) and Marinejant (2016), and a collection of prose, Dietari (1981). He occasionally writes poems in French and also Italian (Per riguardo, 2014).

Other prizes he has won include the Spanish Translation Prize (1980), the Catalan Regional Government Prize (1981, 1989 and 1997), the Gertrude Stein International Essay Prize (1974), Anagrama Essay Prize (1980, for Lecturas de Octavio Paz), Critics’ Prize for Catalan Fiction (1983), Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize (1982, 1984,1989), Mariano de Cavia Prize (1992, for the article “Destino, expresión, belleza”), Catalan Literature Prize (1997), Spanish National Literature Prize (1998), Reina Sofía Ibero-American Poetry Prize (2000), Rosalía de Castro Prize (2000), Octavio Paz International Poetry and Essay Prize (2006) and the Paquiro Prize (2010).

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