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Irene Solà

Writer

Irene Solà (Malla, Spain, 1990). She studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and has a Master’s degree in Literature, Cinema and Visual Culture from the University of Sussex (UK). Her book of poems Bèstia (Galerada, 2012) received the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and has been translated into English (Beast, Shearsman Books, 2017). Her first novel, Els dics (L’Altrea Editorial, 2018) won the 2017 Documenta prize. Solà contributes regularly to La Llança and has been one of the artists chosen under the Barcelona Producció-La Capella 2017 programme. In October 2018 she was resident writer at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Centre at the George Mason University, Virginia; and in 2019 she was chosen to participate in the Writers Omi at Ledig House programme (New York). In January 2019 she won the Premi Llibres Anagrama Novel Prize for Canto jo i la muntanya balla (When I Sing, Mountains Dance) and was awarded the Cálamo Prize in the “Other View” category, as well as receiving one of the thirteen European Union 2020 Literature Prizes. The novel will be translated and published by among others Blackie Edizioni (Italian), Graywolf (English), Granta (English) and Seuil (French).

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