Poet, essayist and translator, Olvido García Valdés was born on December 2, 1950 in Asturias, Spain. She holds degrees in Philosophy from the University of Valladolid, and Romance Philology from the University of Oviedo. She resides in Toledo, Spain.
Her poetry collections, except for her most recent Lo solo del animal (2012), have been published together in one volume Esa polilla que delante de mí revolotea (Poesía reunida 1982-2008). She has translated into Spanish Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetry books, and in collaboration a wide anthology of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva, as well as Bernard Noël. She is also author of the biographical essay Teresa de Jesús, texts for art catalogs and numerous works of literary reflection. She was co-editor of the literary magazines Los Infolios and El signo del gorrión. His poetry has been translated into many languages. She has directed or coordinated several courses, seminars and cycles of contemporary poetry. About her work have appeared: Un lugar donde no se miente. Conversación con Olvido García Valdés (2014), by Miguel Marinas, y Del animal poema. Olvido García Valdés y la poética de lo vivo (2016), by Amelia Gamoneda.
Among other awards, in 2007 she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Poesía (National Poetry Prize) for her collection Y todos estábamos vivos (And we were all alive).
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