Berta GarcΓ­a Faet Biography: Spanish Poet



Berta GarcΓ­a Faet

Berta GarcΓ­a Faet, identity and rewriting

Berta GarcΓ­a Faet and I had an intense two-year working relationship and friendship before we finally met in person earlier this year, when I was living briefly in Spain. Most of our correspondence as I translated her fifth book of poems, La sangre de merer [The Eligible Age] into English for my master's thesis in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa actually took place over Facebook messenger! We are thrilled to have found a home for the translation with independent publisher Song Bridge Press—it’s Berta’s first book publication in English.

  • Berta GarcΓ­a Faet was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1988. She’s part of the New Generation of Spanish writers, the first born after Franco’s dictatorship—and as such she is helping to define the country’s new poetry after years of repression of every kind. In The Eligible Age, she confronts and subverts existing patriarchal and societal structures with great wit and candor. She and her long-time Madrid-based publisher, La Bella Varsovia, have gathered quite a following across the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Earlier this year Berta’s early collected poems, CorazΓ³n traditionalista: PoesΓ­a 2008-2011 [Traditionalist Heart: Collected Poems 2008-2011] was published by La Bella Varsovia. She won the prestigious Premio de PoesΓ­a Joven [Young Poetry Prize] “Pablo GarcΓ­a Baena” in 2010 for her book Introduction to Everything [Introduction to Everything], and she’s currently at work on a PhD in Hispanic Studies at Brown University.

Berta GarcΓ­a Faet: “Estar en la salud de merΓ­r” [literally, “To be at the age of deserving”] is an idiomatic expression referring to the stage when girls become young women and are ready to enter a romantic relationship, ready to begin looking for a husband. It’s an expression rooted in a very concrete ideology linking the value of girls/young women to their availability for love, for romance, for marriage, for reproduction. But something, interestingly, is elided: Just what do we deserve now, exactly? What are we supposedly worthy of? Something specific, like receiving the honor of having other people finally talk about us, or the honor of social importance? Or is it something more abstract: We become worthy and valuable in general?



Faet, Berta GarcΓ­a

(Valencia, 1988) is the author of “Los salmos fosforitos” (Fluorescent psalms, publ. by La Bella Varsovia, 2017), “The age of merit” (The eligible age, publ. by La Bella Varsovia, 2015), “ Strawberry and wound” (Strawberry and wound, won the Antonio GonzΓ‘lez de Lama National Poetry Prize in 2010; published by DiputaciΓ³n de Leon, 2011), “Introdiciones a todo” (An introduction to everything, won the VI Young Poetry Prize Pablo GarcΓ­a Baena; publ. by La Bella Varsovia, 2011), “Night club for studious schoolgirls, won the VII National Prize for Blind Poetry of Manzanares; publ. by Vitruvio, 2009) and “Bunch of abominations ” (A bunch of abominations, won the XVI Ana de Valle Poetry Prize; published by Ayuntamiento de AvilΓ©s, 2008).


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