The author of “Nómada”, João Luís Barreto Guimarães, is the winner of the first edition of the Armando da Silva Carvalho Literary Prize, awarded by the Municipality of Óbidos.
The announcement is made today, on the day that Óbidos celebrates 5 years as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature.
The Armando da Silva Carvalho Literary Prize, instituted by the Municipality of Óbidos, intends to reward a work of poetry, written in Portuguese. For this award, 50 works by poets from several Portuguese-speaking countries were considered. The winner will receive a trip to a Creative City of Unesco Literature.
João Luís Barreto Guimarães was born in Porto, Portugal, on June 3, 1967. He divides his time between Leça da Palmeira and Venade. Guimarães wrote 11 books of poetry, the first seven collected in Poesia Reunida (Quetzal, 2011), which were followed by Você está Aqui (Quetzal, 2013), translated into Italian, Mediterrâneo (Quetzal, 2016), which received the National Poetry Award António Ramos Rosa and was published in Spain, Italy, France and Poland, and Nómada (Quetzal, 2018), which was awarded the Bertrand Poetry Book of the Year Award, also published in Italy. In 2019 he published the anthology O Tempo Avança por Sílabas by Quetzal, a work also published in Croatia, which was followed by Movimento (Quetzal, 2020). The Italian editions of Mediterrâneo and Nómada were finalists for the Premio Internazionale Camaiore in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Bearing in mind the moment that we are living due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to organize a ceremony, as initially planned, so its celebration will be scheduled during FOLIO – Óbidos International Literary Festival.
In 2021, the second edition of this award will be launched.