José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award
The University of Guadalajara, through a project created by the Environmental Sciences Museum as part of the University’s Cultural Center, and with the support of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, has established the José Emilio Pacheco City and Nature Award. The prize, which will be given for the first time this year, will be dedicated to poetry. The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will be given a purse of US $10,000. The award is dedicated to poet José Emilio Pacheco, whose work explores the duality between cities and nature.
National Booksellers Award
Founded by the National Institute for the Professional Development of Booksellers, and in collaboration with the Guadalajara International Book Fair, this award is granted to aid and encourage Mexican booksellers in continuing their education and becoming more competitive. The winner will be given $200,000 pesos to use for their project.
American Indigenous Literature Award
Created by the University of Guadalajara, and with the collaboration of the National Institute for Indigenous Languages, the Culture Ministry, the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Cultures and Jalisco’s Department of Education, the American Indigenous Literature Award is granted to enrich, protect and promote the legacy and richness of Mexico’s indigenous peoples through literature in all its forms, and to and acknowledge and further develop the careers and works of indigenous authors. The award, which carries a purse of US $25,000, will be given for the fourth time at the 2016 FIL Guadalajara.
SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People
The SM Ibero-American Award for Literature for Children and Young People was implemented in 2005, the year of Ibero-American literature, with the goal of promoting literature for children and young people throughout Ibero-America. The award is given out each year during the Guadalajara International Book Fair to recognize writers of literature for children and young people and carries a purse of US $30,000.
7th Ibero-American Illustration Catalog
With the goal of creating a network that helps to encourage the work of illustrators of books for children and young people in Ibero-America, the SM Foundation, El Ilustradero and the FIL Guadalajara invites illustrators to submit their work to be included in the 7th Annual Ibero-American Illustration Catalog. The 45 works selected will be displayed in an exposition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. In addition, illustrators will have the opportunity to work on an illustrated book with Ediciones SM and the winner will be given US $5,000. You can find more information at: www.iberoamericailustra.com
The Americas Award, instituted in 2011, is given by the Festival de la Palabra together with the Americas Foundation of Puerto Rico. The goal of the award is to place a spotlight on authors with works of great literary value, but which tend to be overlooked in awards circuits.
The award, which carries a US $25,000 purse, is a distinction given to writers chosen by a judging panel consisting of seven members of the Ibero-Latin American literary community. The award’s organizers define writer in its broadest sense, allowing essayists, novelists, critics and journalists who are familiar with today’s literary panorama in Ibero-America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas, to participate.
Winners of the Americas Award include Arturo Fontaine Talavera from Chile (2011), Eduardo Berti from Argentina (2012), Juan López Bauzá from Puerto Rico (2013) and Claudia Salazar Jiménez from Peru (2014).
New Voices Award
The New Voices Award, instituted in 2012 and accompanied by a US $5,000 purse, is an important distinction given out at Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. The Writer’s Committee grants the award to a Puerto Rican author worthy of international recognition who is beginning their career in the world of literature.
Previous winners of the award include Carlos Vázquez (2014), Janette Becerra (2013) and Ángel Antonio Ruíz Laboy (2012).
The Festival de la Palabra says that the award recipients are authors “whose work reflects a superior creative talent, both in terms of style and thematic dialog within the literary world.” It is given among peers to authors with no more than four published works who have received positive, consistent critical acclaim, and show a commitment to the development of Puerto Rican literature in the country and abroad.
In fulfilling its mission to advocate Spanish-language literature and the recognition of its authors, the LIPP La Brasserie México is accepting nominations for publishers who regularly publish works of fiction for the 5th Annual LIPP Literature Award. Its French equivalent, the Le Prix Cazes Brasserie Lipp, was instituted in 1935 and is considered the most important literary award granted in Paris during the spring. The winning author will receive a cash prize of MXN $100,000, a trip to Paris and dinner at the French LIPP. All Spanish-language novel manuscripts presented by publishers demonstrating that they publish fiction are eligible to participate.
FIL 2019 Program
Summer of 19 in Puerto Rico: the word on the street
Summer of 19 in Puerto Rico: the word on the street
Alejandro Álvarez Nieves
(1976, San Juan de Puerto Rico)
Poeta, narrador y traductor del inglés. Para pagar las cuentas, soy profesor del Programa Graduado de Traducción de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Río Piedras. Con mi primer poemario, poemarios El proceso traductor (Libros AC, 2012), intenté conformar una serie de poemas formal y de suma belleza. No lo logré, quizá por eso me dieron el Premio de Poesía El Nuevo Día. Luego publiqué, Quiebre de armas (Trabalis Editores, 2018), con el que juego con la poesía coloquial para romper los estándares de la hombría caribeña. Me estrené en narrativa con la colección de cuentos Comandos (2019, Ediciones Alayubia), que también presenta formas juguetonas de una masculinidad fracasada. Me dio con escribir una novela, La última noche en el Majestic, que ganó mención de honor en los Premios Nacionales del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña en 2015, y espera publicación para el 2020.
Entre mis traducciones publicadas se destacan Negras: Stories of Black Puerto Rican Women, de Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Boreales, 2011; al inglés), Anoche un DJ me salvó la vida, de William Brewster y Frank Broghton (Temas de Hoy, 2019; al español) y Belleza salvaje y otros poemas de Ntozake Shange (Atria Books, 2018; al español), con el que recibí el International Latino Book Award 2018 en la categoría de traducción al español. Soy anarcohedonista y buen comensal. Actualmente he caído en la locura de curar un festival literario con muy poco apoyo institucional, desde hace dos años dirigido por Mayra Santos Febres.
Raquel Salas Rivera
(Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1985)
Poet, translator, and literary critic. In 2010, I won first and second prize of the Literary Competition organized by the Puerto Rico Polytechnical University, and first place of the Poetry Competition at the Queer Cultural Festival. In 2018, I was awarded Philadelphia Laureate Poet. I received the inaugural Ambroggio Award (2018) and the Laureate Scholarship (2019), both of which are awarded by the Academy of American Poets. I also won the New Voices Award at the 2019 Festival de la Palabra in Puerto Rico. In 2017, I co-edited a bilingual series of leaflets about contemporary Puerto Rican poets, which were eventually collected into the anthology Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press). I have published four poetry collections. My first two books, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente) and Tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia), were published in Puerto Rico. My third book, Lo terciario/the tertiary (Noemi Press) was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender poetry work category. Birds, LLC published my fourth poetry collection, While they sleep (under the bed is another country) in 2019. I completed my Doctorate of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. I live in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Other activities involving the participant:
The Poetry Program
(Puerto Rico, 1972)
My first short story collection, Adiós, Mariana y otras despedidas won the Certamen Interuniversitario de Literatura awarded by the University of Puerto Rico in 2010. El Nuevo Día newspaper selected this book as one of the year’s top ten. In 2013, I published Manchas de tinta en los dedos to critical acclaim and successful sales. In 2014, I published the anthology Latitud 18.5: antología de egresados de la primera década de la maestría en Creación Literaria, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, and won the International Latino Book Award in the Best Fiction Multi Author category. In 2019, I published Nadie descubrirá tus huellas (co-published by Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) written alongside four other authors from the Amalgama G7 literary collective.
I have won several competitions in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Argentina. My short stories have been published in many print media and anthologies in Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Spain, and Puerto Rico. In August 2014, the Caguas Autonomous Municipality proclaimed me a Distinguished Writer.
I have worked as a cultural journalist and I founded the publishing house Pasadizo in 2005. I design and teach short story workshops and lectures on topics relating to book editing, correction, and publishing. I studied business management and I have a Master’s of Literary Creation.