Poetry. Latinx Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Tony Frazer and Luis Ingelmo. AMORGOS NOTEBOOK (El cuaderno de Amorgós) is a book-length sequence published in Mexico City in 2007, which won for the author Mexico's most prestigious national poetry award, the Xavier Villaurrútia Prize. Amorgos is the easternmost island in the Cyclades, where the author has spent much time, but this is no sequence of travel poems: rather the author fashions a rhapsodic celebration of place, bringing together—in one impressionistic whole—the light, the sea, buildings, birds and history—and Amorgos's history goes back beyond Classical Greece, to the obscure period almost five thousand years ago, which saw the creation of the remarkable sculptures now known as Cycladic.
Elsa Cross was born in Mexico City in 1946. Her work has recently (2013) been collected in a new complete edition (Poesía completa) from the Fondo de Cultura Económica in Mexico City. Her book El diván de Antar (1990) was awarded the Premio Nacional de Poesía Aguascalientes (1989), and Moira (1993) won the Premio Internacional de Poesía Jaime Sabines (1992), both in Mexico. In 2008 Elsa Cross was awarded the most prestigious poetry prize in Mexico, the Xavier Villurrutia Prize, an award that she shared with Pura López-Colomé. Her poems have been translated into twelve languages and published in magazines and more than sixty anthologies in different countries. She has also published essays. She has an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she holds a professorship and teaches Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Mythology.Author City: Mexico City MEX