Leonor Scliar-Cabral, Rosa Alice Branco and Luis Miguel Nava

Leonor Scliar-Cabral is Professor Emerita at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. She continues to work as a psycholinguist in the field of literacy training. Her poetry has appeared in Brazil in the following volumes: Sonnets, Memories of the Sephardim, Of Erotic Senectitude, The Sun Fell on the Guaíba, Consecration of the Alphabet, and José. Most of the poems in her collection Consecration of the Alphabet have appeared in literary magazines such as Amethyst, Blue Unicorn, Epoch, Home Planet News, Measure, Per Contra, and Poetica Magazine. Poems drawn from her sonnet sequence Book of Joseph have appeared in Metamorphoses and Poetry International. The collection from which these two poems were drawn, Consecration of the Alphabet, appeared in Brazil accompanied by translations into French, English, Spanish, and Hebrew.


Rosa Alice Branco’s Dog Love, her twelfth collection of poetry, winner of the Premio Literário Antonio Cabral has just gone into a second edition in Portugal. Translations of her books have appeared in Spain, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Corsica, Tunisia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Quebec. She participates regularly in international poetry celebrations and was the sole representative for Portugal in the Parnassus Poetry Festival in London in 2012. She has been awarded numerous international prizes, including the Premio Espiral Maior de Poesia in 2008 for her book Gado do Senhor. Published in the USA as Cattle of the Lord (Milkweed Editions, 2016), that book led to a reading tour that included visits to Bard, Middlebury, Smith, Penn State, Hollins, Radford, Univ. of Massachusetts at Lowell, SUNY-Binghamton and the New York State Writers Institute in Albany. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines in this country, including Absinthe, Atlanta Review, Bitter Oleander, The Dodge, Florida Review, Massachusetts Review, Osiris, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Two-Lines, and Words Without Borders.


Luís Miguel Nava’s Poesia, consisting of four completed collections and eighty pages of posthumous publications, came out in 2020, twenty-five years after the young poet’s shocking death.  Nava’s poetry relies on a fearless visceral depiction of the body, accompanying surging seas of memory and desire. His work, well-known in Portugal. has also appeared in French and Spanish translations. He seems most resonant with Francis Bacon and Paul Bowles. Poems drawn from his forthcoming collection in English have been accepted by twenty magazines, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Birmingham Poetry Review, Bitter Oleander, Dodge, Gavea-Brown, Hollins Critic, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Metaforologia, Metamorphoses, Mid-American Review, the Offing, Osiris and Puerto del Sol.