Berta García Faet, a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, was recently awarded the Premio de Poesía Joven Miguel Hernández, Spain’s top poetry prize for poets under 31. García Faet received the award for her work “Los salmos fosforitos” (“Flourescent Psalms”).
“This prize means a lot to me. It connects me to my country, my people, the books and authors I love and that inspire me. I admire all the poets who have won it before me, and I've been dreaming for years now to be part of this story,” says García Faet.
She also notes that the prize is a recognition with political importance as well, since historically literature and culture have not been very well supported in Spain. The Premios Nacionales (National Prizes) have changed this trend in recent years.
“I am also humbled that this prize bears the name "Miguel Hernández", who is my father’s favorite poet, and whose "Nanas de la cebolla" (“Lullaby of the Onion”) we've read together, and talked about, many times,” says García Faet.
García Faet is from Valencia, Spain, and holds master’s degrees in Political Philosophy from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the City College of New York.