Vicente Valero was born in 1963 on the island of Ibiza, Spain. With a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona he has combined literature with teaching and cultural journalism. As an essayist he has published, amongst others, La poesía de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1988) and Experiencia y pobreza: Walter Benjamin en Ibiza (2001). His novel Los extraños (2014), was followed by El arte de la fuga (2015), Las transiciones (2016) and Duelo de alfiles (2018). With six poetry collections, Valero is established as one of the foremost poets of his generation, present in the most essential anthologies of Spanish poetry of the last decades. DÍAS DEL BOSQUE / ONE DAY IN THE SECRET FOREST OF WORDS received the International Poetry Prize from the Loewe Foundation in 2007.