Jane Duran

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Jane Duran (born 1944) is a Cuban-born poet.


Duran was born to an American mother and a Spanish father, Gustavo Durán,[1] who had fought with the Republican army in the Spanish Civil war. He fled Spain after Franco's victory but would never talk about his experiences. The themes of silences, loss and exile haunt much of her work. Duran was brought up in the United States and Chile, moving to England in 1966 after graduating from Cornell University. She now lives in London with her Algerian husband and their son.[2]

She has published four collections – Breathe Now, Breathe (1995), Silences from the Spanish Civil War (2002), Coastal (2006) and Graceline, all published by Enitharmon Press. Breathe Now, Breathe won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and in 2005 Duran received a Cholmondeley Award.

In a recent collaboration with Gloria García Lorca she has translated two poetry collections of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, Gypsy Ballads (2011) and Sonnets of Dark Love - The Tamarit Divan (2016), both published by Enitharmon Press.


  1. ^ Duran, Lucy. "Jane Duran's 'Spanish Peasant Boy' featured as part of Radio 3's Poetry Season". Enitharmon Press. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Poetry Archive

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