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 The winning author, who must write in Spanish and have at least ten unpublished poems or poems published in the last five years that are related to nature, urban sustainability, socio-ecological harmony and environmental conservation, will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
Talk: "Poetry as trending topic in literature"
FIL for Young Adults
Talk: "Poetry as trending topic in literature"
New technology accompanies a wave of enthusiast young people who have turned the poetry genre into a trending topic in literature, now being read and listened to by new generations; with just one click.
The poets Luna Miguel and Karen Villeda will participate in this dialogue to tell us how they work with this genre, which they consider a starting point for poetry in this day and age to become a space of identification and refuge for thousands of young people. We will hear about the work of these two talented poets; Karen, on one hand, will tell us about her work on the website POETronica, which she uses as a space for multimedia poetry and how the use of different technological resources have contributed to the genre; and then we will hear from the Spanish writer Luna Miguel who is considered one of the most important poets in Spanish poetry today, who through her writing has allowed us to appropriate her own personal life experiences, such as death, illness and even the appropriation of the human body itself.
Moderator: Xitlálitl Rodríguez Mendoza
I was born in Alcalá de Henares on November 6, 1990, but I have lived in Barcelona since 2011. I have also lived in Madrid, Almería, and Nice.
I work as a literary scout, freelance journalist, and editor, alongside Antonio J. Rodríguez from Caballo de Troya, a Penguin Random House imprint devoted to discovering new Spanish-language talent. My articles have appeared in El País, eldiario, El Cultural, ABC Cultural, Público, S Moda, Nylon, and La Vanguardia. From 2014 to 2018, I was a redactor for PlayGround and editor of its Culture, Ideas and Books section. I was also an intern and editorial assistant at Literatura Random House from 2011 to 2013.
I have published the following poetry books Estar enfermo (La Bella Varsovia, 2010), Poetry is not dead (DVD, 2010 (La Bella Varsovia, 2013), Pensamientos estériles (Cangrejo Pistolero, 2011), The Sailor’s Grave (La Bella Varsovia, 2013), Stomachs (La Bella Varsovia, 2015) and El arrecife de las sirenas (La Bella Varsovia, 2017). Several of these works have been translated and published in over a dozen countries.
As a narrator, I authored the novel El funeral de Lolita (Lumen, 2018), Exhumación (Alpha Decay, 2010, cowritten with Antonio J. Rodríguez), and some of my stories have appeared in anthologies such as Cuadernos de Medusa (Amor de Madre, 2018).
I have also published the essays El dedo. Breves apuntes sobre la masturbación femenina (Capitán Swing, 2016) and El coloquio de las perras (Capitán Swing, 2019), as well as the illustrated children’s book Hazme volar (La Galera), in collaboration with illustrator Laia Arqueros.
I have also coordinated some young poetry anthologies such as Tenían veinte años y estaban locos (La Bella Varsovia, 2011) and Vomit (El Gaviero Ediciones, 2013). I have translated some books, including The Book of Monelle, by Marcel Schwob (Demipage, 2012).
A la fecha, ha publicado tres libros de ensayos: Agua de Lourdes. Ser mujer en México (Turner, 2019), Visegrado (Almadía Editorial / INBA, 2018) y Tres (Cuadrivio Ediciones, 2016); cuatro poemarios: Dodo (Conaculta, 2013), Constantinopla (Posdata Ediciones, 2013), Babia (UNAM, 2011) y Tesauro (Conaculta, 2010), y dos libros para niños; Pelambres (Pearson, 2016) y Cuadrado de Cabeza. El mejor detective del mundo o eso cree él (Edebé, 2015). En 2015, participó en el Programa Internacional de Escritura de la Universidad de Iowa y en 2018 fue Escritora Residente del Vermont Studio Center. Ha merecido, entre otros reconocimientos, el Premio Nacional de Literatura Gilberto Owen 2019, el Premio Bellas Artes de Ensayo Literario José Revueltas 2017, Premio Nacional de Poesía Clemencia Isaura 2016, Premio de la Juventud de la Ciudad de México 2014, Premio Bellas Artes de Cuento Infantil Juan de la Cabada 2014, Premio Nacional de Poesía Joven Elías Nandino 2013, Primer Premio de poesía de la revista Punto de Partida 2008, y el IV Premio Nacional de Poesía para Niños Narciso Mendoza 2005. En POETronica www.poetronica.net dialoga con poesía multimedia.