A native Chicagoan, Susan Braggiotti first visited Tuscany after graduating from Indiana University. Marriage to Florentine-born pianist Mario Braggiotti gave her dual citizenship, and she has enjoyed Italy and its people all her adult life. A career musician, Braggiotti has taught and performed in the US and Italy. Between Fantasy and Tuscany is her first published novel.
The Mexican poet Javier Gutiérrez Lozano moved to Belgrade in an attempt to get to know the Balkans. Before his eyes there was revealed a people wounded by war, but at the same time passionate about life, and witha tireless faith in love. Through this book passes therecent history of a country that was once the heart of Europe, Yugoslavia, and the way in which the relentless paths of its nations make suffering a necessary recoursefor closeness.
Raquel Lanseros (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 1973). Raquel Lanseros is one of the most significant voices in contemporary Spanish poetry. Among her most prominent books of poetry are Legends from the Promontory (2005), Diary of a Spark (2006), The Red Acacia (2008), The Eyes of the Fog (2008) and Croniria (2009). Recently, her poetry has been included in the antholo-gy Poetry Facing Uncertainty (2011). In 2014 she published both a book of poetry, Little Thorns are Little for which she received the Jaen Poetry Prize, and a translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s love poetry, Poemas de amor, in Valparaíso Ediciones.
She has been awarded the Adonáis Prize (second place), the Unicaja Poetry Prize and the Antonio Machado Prize in Baeza. Her books have been translated into English and French.
María Paz Moreno (Madrid, Spain) is a poet, essayist and literary critic from Spain. Her books of poetry include: The Seed Beneath the Asphalt (Botella, 1994), Change in Its Customs (Frutos del tiempo, 1996), Delayed Correspondance (Pre-Textos, 1999), Enemy Geography and Perverse Gifts (Libros del Innombrable, 2005), Greenhouse (Renacimiento, 2007), and The Bellies of Iguanas (Renacimiento, 2012). Moreno is a Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Cincinnati.
Fernando Operé (Madrid, Spain,1946). Fernando Operé is a Spanish poet who has lived in the United States since 1978. He is a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Virginia. During the past thirty-five years he has published several books on history and literary criticism and sixteen books of poetry. This present collection is a selection from his most recent books and reflects his love of travel.
Xavier Oquendo Troncoso (Ambato, Ecuador, 1972). Xavier Oquendo has become one of the most relevant voices in the poetic tradition of Ecuador. In his native country, Xavier Oquendo Troncoso is the most significant representative of an esthetic that has as its guiding principle the return of poetry to the people. He is one of the poets who figures in the international movement Poetry Facing Uncertainty.
Benjamín Prado (Madrid, Spain, 1961). Prado offers us a rich intertextual collection of fresh and compelling poems. Inspired by Bob Dylan’s iconic poem Shelter from the Storm, there are references to Paul Celan, Milton, Coleridge. Cernuda, Rimbaud, Lorca, Machado and many others including Pound and Hemingway. Prado weaves these figures into his text not merely as fellow poets, but as essential to the themes he writes about: love, cities, creativity, loneliness, the sea, the sky, his doubts and his existential searches. Prado engages us all in his poetry. It is not esoteric; it speaks to everyman. Gordon E. McNeer captures the essence of Prado’s language and poetic meaning with clarity and faithfulness. His English is idiomatic and poetic. This collection will be of great interest to all of us who teach Hispanic poetry as well as to all lovers of poetry.
Marcelo Rioseco (Santiago de Chile, 1967) is the author of books of poetry, stories, essays, translations and novels. His last book of poetry, Domestic Life, garnered the Premio Academia in 2017, awarded by the Academy of the Language of Chile for the best book published in 2016. At present, he is teaching Latin American Literature at the University of Oklahoma, and since 2016 he has been the editor of the bilingual literary review Latin American Literature Today (LALT).
ELVIRA SASTRE (Segovia, 1992). Elvira lives in Madrid where she has recently received her M.A. in Literary Translation. Since the age of fifteen, when she garnered her first poetry prize, she has published poems in her blog and in several poetry reviews. In 2012 she published Forty-Three Ways to Pull Your Hair Out, a collection of poems that was very well received by her readers. Bastion, her second book of poetry, has been an instant success in Spain. It is offered here in a bilingual format.
Fernando Valverde (Granada, 1980) has been voted the most relevant Spanish-language poet born since 1970 by nearly 200 critics and researchers from international universities (Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, Princeton, Bologna, the Sorbonne).
His books have been published in many countries and translated into several languages. He has received some of the most significant awards for poetry in Spanish, among them the Federico García Lorca, the Emilio Alarcos and the Antonio Machado. His last book, The Insistence of Harm, was the most-sold book of poetry in Spain for months and received the Book of the Year award from the Latino American Writers Institute of the City University of New York. For his collaboration in a work of fusion between poetry and flamenco he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2014.