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© Bibiana Candia

Bibiana Candia

Poet and journalist

Bibiana Candia (A Coruña, 1977) is a poet and writer. She studied Hispanic Studies and worked as a civil servant in A Coruña University. In 2011 she moved to Berlin, where she has lived until 2021, to dedicate herself professionally to literature.

She has published the books of poems La rueda del hámster (2013) and Las trapecistas no tenemos novio (2016), both published by Torremozas, as well as the book of short stories El pie de Kafka (Torremozas, 2015) and the literary artefact Fe de erratas (Ediciones Franz, 2018).

In her first novel, Azucre (Pepitas de Calabaza, 2021), she tells the true story of 1,700 young Galicians who travelled to Cuba to work in the sugar cane industry and ended up sold as slaves. This work was highlighted in the cultural publication Babelia as “one of the most anticipated debuts of Spanish literature in 2021” and chosen by El Cultural as one of the best literary debuts of the year. Since its publication, the work has been awarded the Nollegiu Prize for the best narrative book in Spanish in 2021, the V Prize of the Bookshops of Navarre for the best book in Spanish in 2021 and the Prize for the best work written in Spanish at the 35th Festival du Premier Roman de Chambèry.

She is a regular contributor to the magazines Jot Down, Letras Libres and The Objective. In her work as a cultural journalist, she has been distinguished in 2020 with the XXVII Carmen de Burgos Prize for feminist dissemination awarded by the University of Malaga and in 2021 with the XLII AFundación Julio Camba International Journalism Prize.

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