Cuba’s Fina Garcia Marruz Receives Queen Sophia Prize for Ibero-American
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 22 (acn) Cuban writer Fina Garcia Marruz said
that the Queen Sophia Prize for Ibero-American Poetry —which she
was awarded earlier this year and, on her behalf, was received
on Monday by her grandson Jose Adrian Vitier— represents and
implicit tribute to the
The award, one of the most important ones in this
genre given by the
Spanish institution Patrimonio Nacional (National Heritage) and
University of Salamanca, was presented on Monday in that Spanish
is a prize for poetry, for hope,” wrote the Cuban poet in a
delivered to the organizers of the gala.
Fina, born on April 28, 1923, has a degree on Social Sciences
belonged to the group of Cuban poets and writers of the renowned
‘Origenes’ (1944-1956), along with her late husband Cintio
Lezama Lima and Eliseo Diego.
She is one of Cuba’s most outstanding poets of all times. She
worked as a
researcher at the Jose Marti National Library and also at the
Studies on the Life and Work of Jose Marti, where she was part
of a team
of authors of a critical edition of the Complete Works of the
national hero. Some of her most important works include ‘Las
perdidas’, ‘Viaje a Nicaragua’ and ‘Créditos de Charlot’. In
received the National Prize for Literature.
Some previous winners of the Queen Sophia Prize for Ibero-American
include Chilean Gonzalo Rojas (1992), Spanish Jose Hierro (1995)
Francisco Brines (2010), Uruguayan Mario Benedetti (1999) and
Juan Gelman (2005).
The award recognizes a living author for the literary value and
contribution of his or her poetical works to the common cultural
of Ibero-America and Spain.
This year’s jury included personalities such as Brines; Nicolas
Martinez-Fresno, president of Patrimonio Nacional; Daniel
rector of the University of Salamanca; and Jose Manuel Blecua,
the Spanish Royal Academy.