Olvido García Valdés at “Sábado en armas”

Javier Egea wrote that poetry is a “pequeño pueblo en armas contra la soledad”. From the Asociación Cultural del Diente de Oro, we want to contribute to raise that small town and with that motivation we start a new cycle of poetic meetings with the collaboration of Granada City of Literature UNESCO. “Sábado en armas” aims to create a space where once a month on Saturday is poetry, a joyful occasion for dialogue and community that resists violence and disaffection of our world.

Asociación del Diente de Oro

On Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 12 noon, “Sábado en Armas”, the new cycle of poetry readings of the Asociación del Diente de Oro, is going on at the Centro Federico García Lorca. This activity will consist of a reading of poems by Olvido García Valdés, presented by Rosa Berbel. Organized by: Asociación del Diente de Oro. Collaborators: Granada UNESCO City of Literature and Centro Federico García Lorca.

Olvido García Valdés

Olvido García Valdés (Santianes de Pravia, Asturias, 1950). She graduated in Romance Philology and Philosophy. Professionally, she has been a Professor of Spanish Language and Literature. She was also Director of the Cervantes Institute in Toulouse and General Director of Books and Reading Promotion. She currently resides in Toledo. Among others, she has received the 2022 Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry, the 2021 Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize, the 2016 Asturias Literature Prize, and the 2007 National Poetry Prize for her book Y todos estábamos vivos (2006). In Esa polilla que delante de mí revolotea. Poesía reunida (1982-2008) (2008) includes her poetic work between those dates. She has subsequently published Lo solo del animal (2012) and, more recently, confía en la gracia (2020), dentro del animal la voz. Antología 1982-2012 (2020), and La caída de Ícaro, an anthology commemorating the XXXI Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry (2022). Her books have been translated into French, English, Italian, Polish and Swedish; Similarly, her poems have appeared in German, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Serbian, Arabic, and Chinese. She is also the author of the biographical essay Teresa de Jesús, texts for plastic arts catalogs (Zush, Kiefer, Vicente Rojo, Tàpies, Juan Soriano, Venice Biennale 2001, Broto…) and numerous essays on literary reflection. She has translated La religión de mi tiempo and Larga carretera de arena by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and (in collaboration) Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva’s anthology El canto y la ceniza, as well as El resto del viaje y otros poemas, by Bernard Noël. She has co-directed the magazine Los Infolios, and was a founding member of El signo del gorrión (1992–2002). She has directed or coordinated various courses, seminars and cycles of contemporary poetry.

Rosa Berbel

Rosa Berbel (Estepa, Seville, 1997) has a degree in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Literary and Theatre Studies from the University of Granada, where she lives. Her first book, Las niñas siempre dicen la verdad (Girls Always tell the Truth), was awarded the XXI Premio de Poesía Joven Antonio Carvajal and subsequently won the Premio Andalucía de la Crítica for best first work and the Ojo Crítico de Poesía 2019 prize from RNE. She was the winner of the IV Edition of the Ucopoética Contest, organised by the University of Cordoba. She has appeared in several anthologies of young poetry such as La pirotecnia peligrosa (Dangerous Pyrotechnics, 2015), Supernova (2016) and Algo se ha movido (Something has Shifted, 2018). Together with Pablo Romero, he coordinated the digital anthology of Spanish-Argentine poetry Orillas (Shores) and has collaborated in the selection of the young poetry exhibition Piel fina (Thin Skin, 2019). He has also prefaced Poeta en Nueva York (Poet in New York) by Federico García Lorca (2020). Her last book of poems is Los planetas fantasmas (2022).

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