|Born||Maria da Conceição Evaristo de Brito|
29 November 1946
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Maria da Conceição Evaristo de Brito (born 29 November 1946) is a Brazilian writer. Her work is marked by her life experiences as an Afro-Brazilian woman, which she calls escrevivência—a portmanteau of escrita (writing) and vivência (life experience). She was born into a humble family and is the second oldest of 9 siblings, being the first in her household to earn a university degree. She helped her mother and aunt with washing clothes and deliveries, while studying.
In the 1970s, she moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she passed a contest, starting to write only in the 1990s. She completed her master's degree in the mid-1990s and her doctorate in the early 2010s.
She had to work as a domestic servant during her youth until she finished her normal course in 1971, at the age of 25. She moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she was approved on a civil service exam to be a teacher and studied Letters at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1980s, Evaristo got in touch with the Quilombhoje group. She made her debut in literature in 1990, with works published in the series Cadernos Negros, published by the organization.
She earned a master's degree in Brazilian Literature from PUC-Rio in 1996, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Universidade Federal Fluminense in 2011. Her works, especially the novel Ponciá Vicêncio (2003), address themes such as racial, gender and class discrimination. In 2007, her first novel, Ponciá Vicêncio, became the focus of a Master's thesis in Brazil, the first one on the author. The novel was translated into English and published in the United States also in 2007. She currently teaches at UFMG as a visiting professor.
In 2018, she was nominated for a chair at the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and lost to filmmaker Cacá Diegues by 22 votes to 1. The Caribbean Philosophical Association awarded its 2018 Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award to Conceição Evaristo.
Conceição Evaristo is a great exponent of contemporary Brazilian literature. She writes about race, gender and class discrimination, especially of black women.
- Ponciá Vicêncio (2003)
- Becos da Memória (2006)
- Poemas da recordação e outros movimentos (2008)
- Insubmissas lágrimas de mulheres (Nandyala, 2011)
- Olhos d'água (Pallas, 2014)
- Histórias de leves enganos e parecenças (Editora Malê, 2016)
Participation in anthologies
- Cadernos Negros (Quilombhoje, 1990)
- Contos Afros (Quilombhoje)
- Contos do mar sem fim (Editora Pallas)
- Questão de Pele (Língua Geral)
- Schwarze prosa (Germany, 1993)
- Moving beyond boundaries: international dimension of black women's writing (1995)
- Women righting – Afro-brazilian Women's Short Fiction (England, 2005)
- Finally Us: contemporary black brazilian women writers (1995)
- Callaloo, vols. 18 e 30 (1995, 2008)
- Fourteen female voices from Brazil (USA, 2002)
- Chimurenga People (South Africa, 2007)
- Je suis Rio (Anacaona, 2016)
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- Duarte, Eduardo de Assis (April 2006). "O Bildungsroman afro-brasileiro de Conceição Evaristo". Revista Estudos Feministas. 14 (1): 305–308. doi:10.1590/S0104-026X2006000100017. ISSN 0104-026X.
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- Santos de Araújo, Flávia (2007). "UMA ESCRITA EM DUPLA FACE: A MULHER NEGRA EM PONCIÁ VICÊNCIO, DE CONCEIÇÃO EVARISTO" (PDF). PPGL-UFPB. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 January 2021.
- Barbosa, Maria José Somerlate (1 November 2011). "Ponciá Vicencio". Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. 44 (2): 325–326. doi:10.1080/08905762.2011.614494. ISSN 0890-5762.
- Betim, Felipe (31 August 2018). "ABL frustra expectativas de campanha por Conceição Evaristo e elege Cacá Diegues como novo imortal". El País (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Nicholas Guillen Award". www.caribbeanphilosophicalassociation.org.
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