Diana Bellessi and Leo Boix with Romancero Books, London
Join Argentinian poet Diana Bellessi and translator Leo Boix to celebrate the publication of To Love A Woman with Romancero Books - London's leading online Spanish and South American bookshop. Bellessi is a groundbreaking writer who has been credited as the godmother of LGBTQI+ poetry in Latin America. Over the decades she has championed feminist and queer issues and themes, and has exerted a strong influence on prominent poets and writers from the 1980’s through to the present day.
Bellessi’s direct, simple aesthetic style was adopted, in part, to speak directly to ordinary people of Argentina over the literary intelligentsia, part of her deep commitment to highlighting the social condition of the working class in Latin America, alongside progressive politics and ecological conservation.
A prolific writer, Bellessi has published 25 books and this selection draws from the whole range, charting the progression and evolution of her poetry. Largely untranslated until now, The Poetry Translation Centre is proud to be publishing this collection, many of the poems appearing in English for the first time.
Bellessi and Boix will be reading from To Love A Woman in the original Spanish with English translations, and discussing her life and work.