Meet Our Writers
Luis Bravo is a Uruguayan poet, performance poet, essayist, literary critic and professor. He has published eleven books of poetry, two multimedia works, and four books of literary criticism. Titles of recent publications and CDs include Árbol veloz, Liquen, Tamudando, Lluvia, Areñal: ene topos bilingüese & other sounds, and Voz y palabra: historia transversal de la poesía uruguaya 1950-1973. His poems have been translated for anthologies and international journals, in multiple languages including Portuguese, German, Estonian, French, Swedish, English, and Farsi. He presently writes and teaches literature at the University of Montevideo and was a 2012 resident in the Iowa International Writers Workshop.
Berta García Faet
Berta García Faet (Valencia, Spain, 1988) is a poet and translator and the recipient of numerous literary prizes. She is the author of six books of poetry: Los salmos fosforitos [Fluorescent Psalms] (La Bella Varsovia, 2017), La edad de merecer [The Eligible Age] (La Bella Varsovia, 2015), Fresa y herida [Strawberry and Wound](Premio Nacional de Poesía “Antonio González de Lama” 2010; Diputación de León, 2011), Introducción a todo [Introduction to Everything] (IV Premio de Poesía Joven “Pablo García Baena”; La Bella Varsovia, 2011), Night club para alumnas aplicadas [Nightclub for Studious Schoolgirls] (VII Premio Nacional de Poesía “Ciega de Manzanares”; Vitruvio, 2009), and Manojo de abominaciones [A bunch of Abominations] (XVI Premio de Poesía “Ana de Valle”; Ayuntamiento de Avilés, 2008). Her website is http://www.bertagarciafaet.com.
María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira
María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira, born in Montevideo in 1875, was the vanguard for women poets in Uruguay in the early twentieth century. Her poetry addresses themes of longing, hetero- and homoerotic love, solitude and alienation. Critics have variably categorized her work as Parnassian, Symbolist, Romantic and Modernist. In addition to her poetry she wrote three dramas in verse and composed musical scores. She became professor of literature and Secretary in the University for Women in Montevideo. Afflicted with episodic depression and chronic illness, she died at age 49. Although her literary work is truly outstanding, to date few poems are available in translation. The Island of the Songs is the first translation of her book La isla de los cánticos, published posthumously in 1925.
Manuel Vilas, born in Barbastro, Huesca in Spain in 1962 writes novels, short stories, and poetry. He also writes regularly for newspapers and literary journals. Recent novels include Los inmortales and El luminoso regalo; recent books of poetry include Amor. poesía reunida, Gran Vilas, and El hundimiento which was recently awarded the 2014 Generación del 27 Prize. Previously he has published primarily in Spanish, although his book El luminoso regalo was also published in French and Italian.