Anna Aguilar-Amat at AWP!
Elizabeth Hildreth, development specialist for Switchback, recently applied for a grant for poet Anna Aguilar-Amat to attend AWP in Denver this year, and the Institute Ramon Llull approved it. The Institute offers various grants for translations and travel to promote Catalan literature. Anna Aguilar-Amat was recently awarded three prizes for Catalan poetry: the Jocs Florals of the city of Barcelona for Petrolier i teatre; the Carles Riba award for Transit between two flights (Trànsit entre dos vols); and the Màrius Torres award for Music and Scurvy. She has also published with Francesc Parcerisas the book of poems Little things (Coses Petites), with designs by Miquel Plana, and the book of essays The Pleasure of Reading (El plaer de la lectura). Her fourth book of poems is The Goose Games. She is also president of QUARKpoesia (Aula de Poesia de la Universitat Autònoma) with the aim to promote poetry translation of less translated languages. In 2006 she started the poetry imprint Refractions (Refraccions) with the aim to publish mostly bilingual or trilingual poetry books (bio borrowed from the PEN American center's website at www.pen.org). Anna will not only get to attend the conference, but will be appearing Wednesday, April 7 at the Dusie/Pussipo/Stonecoast Femiganza with Switchback's own Elizabeth Hildreth!