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).
Miguel Rollón (Navatalgordo, Ávila, 1963) is an attorney and civil servant for the local government. He is a poet, actor, author, composer and lyricist for pop and rock songs in Spanish and German bands. He resided in Germany for eight years. He has participated in several international poetry festivals: Granada (Spain), Pachuca (México) and José María Heredia (Toluca-México). He is the Director of Tribu de Poetas in Madrid and resides at present in Valdemoro (Madrid).
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.