William Alexander González is a student of the Double Degree in Language and Literature at the Rey Juan Carlos University
Nicaraguan author William Alexander González has won the 38th Hiperión Poetry Prize in Spain for his collection of poems Second-class immigrants. This work was imposed by majority to the 16 shortlisted books among the 219 originals presented for the prize awarded by the Spanish Ediciones Hiperión to authors under 35 years of age with unpublished collections of poems in Spanish.
The jury on this occasion was made up of Francisco Castaño, Ben Clark, Ariadna G. García, Jesús Munárriz and Benjamín Prado. They highlighted that in “Second-class Immigrants”, the poet “insists and expands his theme on the world of the dispossessed, and especially the dispossessed, immigrant women with whom we live without paying much attention and whose lives have no echo in the world of poetry.
William Alexander González, winner of the Antonio Carvajaln Award (2022) for “Los nadies”.
The winner is a double degree student in Language and Literature plus Journalism at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid and collaborates in the culture section of Article 66 in Nicaragua and El Generacional in Spain. Last year he published his first book, Los nadies (Hiperión), awarded with the 35th Antonio Carvajal Young Poetry Prize in Spain. On that occasion, the jurors highlighted that it is a “necessary poetry, because it stems from the need to give a voice to make visible those who remain in the blind spot of our satisfied gaze, who never wonders why the hospital where they are clean is they serve me, the office where I work, the house I live in. Nor what is there beyond the bright shopping streets, the wide avenues, the squares with pigeons. Who lives and how on the outskirts of history”.
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It has been more than three years since the poet left his country to settle in Spain, where he has published poems that inquire about his own and collective memory, migratory existences, his vicissitudes and his hopes, under the teachings of Rubén Dario, whom the young poet appeals as tutelary in several compositions.
Last year, the Hiperión Poetry Prize was won by the work Children do not see coffins, by the Spanish Omar Fonollosa. It is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the field of young poetry in the Spanish language and consists of the publication of the work.
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