Ana Luisa Amaral/Portugal, 1956
Ana Luísa Amaral was born in Lisbon, in 1956, and lives in Leça da Palmeira. She has written poetry, plays, children’s books, books of essays and a novel. She has received various prizes and awards, among them the Premio Correntes d’Escritas/Casino da Póvoa, the Grande Prémio de Poesia APE (Portuguese Association of Writers), the Giuseppe Acerbi Literary Award, the Premio Internazionale Fondazione Roma, or the PEN Prize for Fiction. She taught for many years at the University of Porto, from which she received her Ph.D. on Emily Dickinson, and where her academic research centred around Comparative Poetics, Feminist Studies and Queer Theory.
The collection What’s in a name, which will be published by Beletrina at the time of the festival, is an intertwining of everyday and cosmic, poetic and political, compassion and irony, wonder and disappointment - it is a word and a life. The poems lead us to think about the connections between poetry and the world in the originality, purity and precision characteristic of the author, who is one of the most prominent contemporary poets.