Ana Luísa Amaral is a Portuguese writer. She was born in Lisbon, in 1956, and lives in the north of Portugal.
Amaral's first volume of poetry, Minha Senhora de Quê (Mistress of What), was published in 1990. The collection's title alluded to Maria Teresa Horta's 1971 volume Minha Senhora de Mim (Milady of Me), thereby explicitly inscribing Amaral's work into the emergent genealogy of Portuguese women’s poetry. Since then, she has published ten further original collections of poetry and two volumes of collected poems, in addition to several translations (including poetry by Emily Dickinson and John Updike) and books for children.
Amaral's poetry has been translated into several languages and volumes of her writings have been published in France, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Venezuela, Colombia, United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico and will soon be published in the United States of America and in Germany. She is also represented in a large number of Portuguese and international anthologies and has offered conferences on poetry and poetics and done poetry readings all over the world.
Several plays were staged around her work, such as O olhar diagonal das coisas, A história da Aranha Leopoldina, Próspero Morreu, or Como Tu.
Ana Luísa Amaral is currently being translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa, with books published in the United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2019, a book of essays on her work will come out by Peter Lang (Eds. Claire Williams and Teresa Louro).
Main prizes and Awards
- Literary Prize Casino da Póvoa/Correntes d’Escritas (with A génese do amor, 2007)
- Literary Prize Giuseppe Acerbi (with A génese do Amor, 2007)
- Prize of APE- Grande Prémio de Poesia da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores (with Entre dois rios e outras noites, 2008)
- Prize of Poetry António Gedeão (with Vozes, 2010)
- Prize of Novel PEN (with Ara, 2014)
- Gold Medal of Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos, for services to literature, 2015
- Gold Medal of Câmara Municipal do Porto, for services to literature, 2016
- Premio Internazionale Fondazione Roma: Ritratti di Poesia, 2018
- Prémio for Essay Jacinto do Prado Coelho, 2018
- Finalist for the Prize Portugal Telecom (with A génese do amor, Gryphus, 2008)
- Proposed to the Prize Reina Sofia, 2013;
- Finalist for the Prize Portugal Telecom (with Vozes, 2014)
Ana Luísa Amaral is also a retired professor at the University of Porto. She holds a Ph.D. on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and has academic publications (in Portugal and abroad) in the areas of English and American Poetry, Comparative Poetics and Feminist Studies and Queer Studies. Amaral is a senior researcher and co-director of the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa. Co-author (with Ana Gabriela Macedo) of the Dictionary of Feminist Criticism (Afrontamento, 2005) and responsible for the annotated edition of New Portuguese Letters (Dom Quixote, 2010) and the coordinator of the international project New Portuguese Letters 40 Years Later, financed by FCT, that involves 10 countries and over 60 researchers. Editor of several academic books, such as Novas Cartas Portuguesas entre Portugal e o Mundo (with Marinela Freitas, Dom Quixote, 2014), or New Portuguese Letters to the World, with Marinela Freitas Peter Lang, 2015).
She is a social activist and writes opinion pieces in newspapers on a regular basis.
Ana Luísa Amaral is currently preparing a book of poetry, a novel, a children's book and two books of essays.