The Asturian Olvido García Valdés (1950), winner of the National Poetry Prize in 2007, has won the XXXI Queen Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry this year.
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The jury has highlighted the voice of García Valdés, a poet who seeks essentialism, "poet of presence, joy, emotions and nature", has indicated the president of National Heritage, Ana de la Cueva.
Reina Sofía Award for Ibero-American Poetry is awarded by the National Heritage of Spain and the University of Salamanca and is one of the great recognitions of poetry in Spain and in the joint Spanish and Portuguese sphere. The work of a living author who, due to its literary value, makes a relevant contribution to the common cultural heritage of Ibero-America and Spain is recognized. Last year, the writer also won the Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize in 2021.
Between July 2018 and October 2019, García Valdés was General Director of the Book, by appointment of the former Minister of Culture José Guirao. After only a short time in office, she resigned for what she described as personal reasons. During that time, the transparency policies in the book sector that she wanted to carry out caused different frictions in the sector.