Luis Antonio de Villena

Luis Antonio de Villena (Madrid, 1951) holds a degree in Romance Philology. He studied classical and oriental languages and, as soon as he completed his studies, he dedicated himself to literature, graphic journalism and radio. He has directed several humanities courses at university level and has been invited as professor and lecturer in may national and foreign universities. He published his first book of poems, Sublime Solarium (Madrid: Bezoar, 1971) at the age of 19. His creative work –in verse or prose– has been translated, individually or in anthologies, into many languages, including German, Japanese, Italian, French, English, Portuguese or Hungarian. He has received the Premio Nacional de la Crítica (1981) for the poetry collection Huir del Invierno (Madrid: Hiperión, 1981), the Azorín de Novela Prize (1995), the XIX Ciudad de Melilla International Poetry Prize(1997) for Celebración del libertino (Madrid: Visor, 1998), the Sonrisa Vertical Award for Erotic Narrative (1999) and the VII Generation del ’27 International Poetry Prize (2004) for Los gatos príncipes (Madrid: Visor, 2005). In October 2007 he received the II International Poetry Prize “Viaje del Parnaso”. Since November 2004 he is Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Lille (France). He has written and still writes opinion articles and literary criticism in several Spanish newspapers since 1973. He has collaborated in numerous television programs and especially radio programs. He currently works with El Mundo and Radio Nacional de España. He has edited several translations, anthologies of young poetry, and critical editions.

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