January 31, 1938|
Turrialba, Costa Rica
|Died||August 4, 1967
San José, Costa Rica
Debravo was born in Guayabo, on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica. He was the oldest of five children where he spent his early years helping his father, Joaquín Bravo Ramírez, manage a small milpa. Debravo was taught to read and write by his mother, Cristina Brenes and by the age of fourteen he was able to enter the fifth grade thanks to a scholarship. The first book he purchased was a dictionary.
A popular anecdote says that Debravo wrote his first poems on banana paper. Eventually, his first works would get published in a local magazine called "El Turrialbeño" by the time he was in the ninth grade. He would soon leave school to start working for the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (Social Security).
In 1959 he married Margarita Salazar, with whom he had two children: Lucrecia, in 1960, and Raimundo in 1961.
January 31, the day he was born, is celebrated in Costa Rica as the National Day of Poetry.
- Fernández Lobo, M.(2002) Decimocuarta edición.Textos de lectura y comentario. San José: Fernández Arce.
- Vida y obra de Jorge Debravo, Editorial Costa Rica
- Día para los poetas. La Nación.