The Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amaral has been awarded the XXX Reina Sofa Award for Ibero-American Poetry, the most prestigious award for poetry in Spanish and Portuguese organized by Patrimonio Nacional in collaboration with the University of Salamanca (USAL).
Considered by critics to be the most important living Portuguese poet, Amaral has been a frequent collaborator of IES and the Center for Portuguese Studies on numerous occasions. She was a writer in residence and visited the UC Berkeley campus in 2017. Most recently, in November 2020, she participated in the IV Annual Conference of the Ana Hatherly Chair.
Born in Lisbon in 1956, Amaral has published more than thirty books, including poetry collections, essays, theatrical pieces and children’s literature, as well as various translations. In addition, she is a professor of literature at the University of Porto. She has extensive training in English poetry and has specialized in feminist studies and comparative literature throughout her long career.