The New York Poetry Press publishing house paid tribute to the Spanish poet María Victoria Atencia by reissuing in a bilingual edition the book of poems “The free shore / The Free Shore” by the Spanish poet Pedro Larrea, the book was translated by Zachary Rockwell Ludington under the Contiguous Wall Collection. The book was presented by its editor Maria Russo, at the Barco de Papel Cultural Center on March 15, 2019.
New York Poetry Press is a publishing house which publishes and manages the work of Latin American and peninsular poets. In their collections they look for texts that dialogue with each other, achieving the same effect on their readers. “The language of aesthetic verbal creation is the crucial point of each of our publications ”, affirms its editor.
In The Free Shore the reader feels the water, the skin wet from living. The water that inhabits bodies, one’s own and that of others, the hourglass that never ceases. Poems that surprise from the bottom of the form.
About the author
Larrea is the author of three poetry collections: La orilla libre, La tribu y la llama and Manuscrito del hechicero. He has been invited to read in distinguished venues such as the Granada International Poetry Festival, New York University’s King Juan Carlos I Center, the University of Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He has published poems in the leading journal of Spanish letters, Revista de Occidente, as well as in other prestigious newspapers and magazines, including ABCD, Círculo de Poesía and Cuadernos de Valverde. As an essayist, he has published the book Federico García Lorca en Buenos Aires and scholarly articles on Spanish and Latin American literature from all periods. Larrea serves as chief editor for the international academic journal Poéticas and is also an active translator of contemporary American poetry into Spanish.
Larrea received his doctorate in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia, having previously graduated in literary theory and comparative literature from the Complutense University of Madrid. As a member of the University of Virginia faculty, he taught Spanish language, culture and literature, directed the Spanish Bolívar House, and took part, as a teacher and student advisor, in various study abroad programs, including UVA in Valencia and Semester at Sea. At the same institution, he was the recipient of the 2010 Teaching Award from the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese for his work in the classroom and dedication to his students. Currently, he is a visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.
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