ASPEN SUMMER WORDS 2012, JUNE 17-22 Literary Festival Speakers
Photo: Maria Morrison
Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet, writer, and political activist. She is the author of six novels, a memoir, two children’s books, six books of poetry, and the recipient of one of the most prestigious Spanish prizes, Biblioteca Breve for her novel Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand. She has received numerous prizes and awards over the years, including the 1978 Casa de las Americas Prize for her book of poetry Line of Fire, and the 2010 Otra Orilla Hispano-American Prize for her novel, A Women’s Republic. Works by Belli include The Inhabited Woman, The Country Under My Skin, which was named best book of the year by the LA Times in 2003, and The Scroll of Seduction, among others. In addition to being a novelist and a poet, she writes essays and political commentary and her writing has been published in both the United States and across Europe. Gioconda lives with her husband, has four kids, and divides her time between Los Angeles and Managua.