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Vencedor Prémio Livro do Ano Bertrand 2018 – Poesia

A obra de João Luís Barreto Guimarães, especialmente depois da publicação do seu volume Poesia Reunida, conquistou tanto os leitores como a crítica especializada, universitária ou não. Recentemente, Mediterrâneo foi distinguido com o Prémio de Poesia António Ramos Rosa—e António Lobo Antunes (no semanário Expresso) escolheu João Luís Barreto Guimarães como “o mais importante dos autores portugueses para os próximos dez anos.”

This collection was recently awarded a Livraria Bertrand Book of the Year distinction. 

JOÃO LUÍS BARRETO GUIMARÃES è nato a Porto nel 1967. Laureato in medicina, è poeta e traduttore. Ha pubblicato dieci libri di poesia dal 1989 ad oggi. Mediterraneo è stato premiato con il Premio Nazionale di Poesia Antonio Ramos Rosa 2017. Le poesie di Mediterraneo sono state tradotte e publicate in altre nove lingue.

The light of home, of memory. Of kin, those who are passing through the vale—“like my father on the hillock of his final pass”—and those who hold “the future white hot in your hands.” The blue-black light of endings. The morning light rekindled. Linda Parsons’ Candescent is a shimmering gift to us, her readers, our lives illuminated by her words, precise and true: “embers in the gloaming spit like tickseed / from grasses.” —Pauletta Hansel, Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome

LINDA PARSONS coordinates WordStream: The Weekly Writer’s Voice, sponsored by WDVX-FM, with Stellasue Lee and is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She has contributed to The Georgia ReviewIowa ReviewPrairie SchoonerSouthern Poetry ReviewThe Chattahoochee Review, Baltimore Review, Shenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, among other fine journals and anthologies. Parsons is the copyeditor/proofreader for Chapter 16, Tennessee’s literary website, and also playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection (Iris Press, 2019).

“The novel conveys a genuine passion for rock music, and cleverly includes liner notes, song titles, lyrics and a discography…. Van Kirk raises compelling if age-old questions about the tension between art and life, and about our responsibilities to those we love….”  —The New York Times

“A passionate, elegiac tale about the excesses of sex, drugs, and rock and roll over a tortured musician’s lifetime. . . . An invented discography, excerpts of lyrics, and cameos by real-life figures like Nick Cave give a feeling of authenticity to Van Kirk’s fictional rock star.” —Publishers Weekly

JOHN VAN KIRK’s stories have earned him the O. Henry Award and The Iowa Review Fiction Prize. He lives in West Virginia. Song for Chance is his first novel.

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