Chus Pato

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Chus Pato in Antwerp poetry festival, 2012.

María Xesús Pato Díaz (born 29 August 1955, in Ourense, Galicia), most commonly known as Chus Pato, is a Galician writer[1] and political activist.

Chus Pato is an important figure in Galician culture: she belongs to literary groups and cultural associations, such as PEN Club and Redes Escarlata. She also participates directly in politics and is part of Frente Popular Galega, a communist and separatist political party.


Writing style[edit]

Chus Pato's works go beyond the traditional concept of poetry since her writings bear signs of postmodern transgression of literary genres. She uses different text types —biography, essay, excerpts from theatre, interview, radio program—, which allows her to engage a large variety of voices that include, as well as hers, those of many other real and fictitious characters.

Her works are a clear mirror of a literary commitment to ideological claims. Galician nationalism, a Marxist vision of reality, and feminist theory influence the themes she deals with. She also thinks about language as a system of symbolic creation in modern society.

Her style is characterized by syncopated syntax and references to Greco-Latin mythology so that she uses language as a metaphor of immediate reality.


Galician language[edit]

  • Urania. Ourense: Calpurnia (1991)
  • Heloísa. A Coruña: Espiral Maior (1994)
  • Fascinio. Muros: Toxosoutos (1995)
  • A ponte das poldras. Santiago de Compostela: Noitarenga (1996). 2nd ed., Vigo: Galaxia (2006)
  • Nínive. Vigo: Xerais (1996)
  • m-Talá. Vigo: Xerais (2000)
  • Charenton. Vigo: Xerais (2004)
  • Hordas de escritura. Vigo: Xerais (2008)
  • Secesión. Vigo: Galaxia (2009).
  • Nacer é unha república de árbores. Pontevedra: Do Cumio (2010)
  • Carne de Leviatán. Vigo: Galaxia (2013).

English translations[edit]

  • From M-Talá. Vancouver: Nomados (2002)
  • Charenton. Exeter: Shearsman Books (2007)
  • m-Talá. Exeter: Shearsman Books (2009)
  • Hordes of Writing, Exeter: Shearsman Books (2011)
  • Secession, (a dual publication with Erín Moure's Insecession), Toronto: BookThug (2014).
  • Flesh of Leviatan, Omnidawn Publishing (2016).


Chus Pato collaborates with many literary magazines, such as Festa da palabra silenciada, Luzes da Galiza, A Trabe de Ouro, etc. and she has written books (Palabra de muller, Poesía dos aléns) in collaboration with other authors.

Some of her poems are also included in the anthologies Poésie en Galice aujourd’hui; Rías de tinta; Literatura de mujeres en francés, gallego e italiano; Poetry is the world’s great miracle...


  • Premio Losada Diéguez in 1997 for Nínive.
  • Spanish Critic Prize in 2009 for Hordas de escritura.[2]
  • Premio Losada Diéguez in 2009 for Hordas de escritura
  • Author of the Year in 2014 from the Galician Booksellers' Association.


  1. ^ Jennifer Still (27 September 2009). "POETRY: Playful poems make for seriously stellar collection". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  2. ^ "David Trueba gana el Premio Nacional de la Crítica". El País. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2010.

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