Biography of Roberto Juarroz (1925-1995)

Writer, journalist and Argentine librarian, born in Coronel Dorrego (Buenos Aires) in 1925 and died in 1995. He carried out studies of philosophy and letters and earned a doctorate at the Sorbonne University; upon his return to Buenos Aires Juarroz he served as Professor of literature and librarianship and was the director of this Department at the University of the capital Buenos Aires. From 1958, the year began to write poetry, and 1965 was head of the poetry magazine = poetry, published in Buenos Aires, but due to political problems - the advent of peronism-, had to go into exile for some time in the United States and Colombia.

His poetic production, unanimously praised by writers such as René Char, Julio Cortázar and Aleixandre, began with a first volume entitled vertical poetry, which already shows what would be a constant throughout his life: the verticality; in fact, all the titles of his books of poetry include always this concept, as you can see in second vertical poetry. (1963), third vertical poetry. (1965), fourth vertical poetry. (1975), new vertical poetry. Complete works 1958-1975. (Caracas, 1976), vertical poetry. More anthology. (1978), vertical poetry. New poems. (1982) and 7th vertical poetry. (1982), eleventh vertical poetry. (Spain, 1988), Vertical poetry (1958-1982). (Buenos Aires, 1993), published in seven volumes, and thirteenth vertical poetry (1994). Of his work, translated into fifteen languages, been anthologies in the United States.

But not only has he been engaged poetry; Juarroz has translated numerous texts by foreign authors, works in newspapers and other publications, and is also a literary critic. He has also cultivated the essay, poetry and truth, which was his admission speech at the Royal Academy of the language of Argentina (1984).

Juarroz is also concerned about the problems of the environment, and thus, it has taken part in congresses of environmentalists that discussed such problems, such as that held in 1991 in Mexico ("meeting of Morelia: towards the end of the Millennium"); He has also been an expert of UNESCO and the Organization of American States (OAS), in several countries.

Throughout his life has been the subject of numerous distinctions that show the unanimous recognition that criticism professes his work; among other awards account credited with Grand Prize of Honor granted by the Foundation Argentina to poetry (1977), the Grand Prize of honour of the society Argentina of writers (SADE) (1994) and the prize of the biennial of poetry of Liège (1991); In addition, this year, she was finalist at the Prince of Asturias literature prize.