José Luis Vega

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José Luis Vega was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico

José Luis Vega

Puerto Rico, on June 18, 1948. His parents were José Vega Serrano and Aida Esther Colón Rivera. Vega studied in Santurce public schools, graduating from Central High School in 1964. That year he entered the University of Puerto Rico where he completed undergraduate studies in Social Sciences. Subsequently, he began studies in Philosophy that he left to pursue a specialization in Hispanic Studies. He completed a master's degree in art in 1975, with a thesis on the poetry of César Vallejo. In 1982, Vega completed a Ph.D. with the dissertation La poesía de Oliverio Girondo: Vanguardia y tradición.

The poetic work of José Luis Vega is collected in the following books: Comienzo del canto (1969), Signos vitales (1974), Las natas de los párpados (1976), La naranja entera (1983) Tiempo de bolero (1985), Bajo los effectos de la poesía (1986), Solo de pasión/Teoría del sueño (1996). In 2002, the Spanish publishing house, Visor, published an anthology of his poetry entitled Letra viva. His book of poems, Sínsoras (2013) was published in Mexico, by Seix Barral. Estampa Gallery, in Madrid, published Botella al mar (2013), an artist's book illustrated by Oscar Lagunas. In 2014, Vega published El arpa olvidada: Guía para la lectura de la poesía (Pre-Textos, Spain) an essay on poetry, which can be considered as his poetic creed. In 2016, the same Valencian publishing label, publishes Música de fondo, the most recent collection of Vega.

In the prologue to Letra viva, Julio Ortega considers José Luis Vega as the best poet in his country, the privileged product of the great poetic tradition that has made that island a term of the sums of Spain and America, between classical forms and worldly eloquence. The poetry of José Luis Vega has been translated into English, French, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian. He is also author of the collection of essays and poems, Techo a dos aguas (Plaza Mayor,1998), and of several literary studies among them, César Vallejo in Trilce (1983), La visión trágica en la poesía de Pablo Neruda, essay that forms part of The Commemorative Edition of the work of the Chilean poet published by the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy) and the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (2010) (Association of Academies of the Spanish Language) and Coloquio de los centauros: Poética the Rubén Darío, in Rubén Darío: del símbolo a la realidad, which also is part of another Commemorative Edition of the Real Academia Española (2016).

For his cultural achievements Vega has been distinguished with the Order of Isabel the Catholic (Grade of Commander), with the Medal of the Foundation Ricardo Alegría and with the Order to the Educational and Cultural Merit Gabriela Mistral (Grade of Commander). He is a corresponding academic of the Real Academia Española and the academies of the Spanish language of the United States, Dominican Republic and Bolivia.

José Luis Vega's poems have been included in important anthologies of poetry in Spanish, among others, Los 100 grandes poemas de España y América, compiled by Julio Ortega and published by the publisher Siglo XXI. His poetry has been translated into English, French, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian. On the poetry of José Luis Vega two books have been published: Tiempo de poesía: La palabra de José Luis Vega, by María Teresa Bertelloni and La experiencia cuántica en la poesía de José Luis Vega, by Bruno Rosario Candelier.

José Luis Vega is the current director of the Academia Puertorriqueña de la Lengua Española (Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language), he has been a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, director of the Department of Hispanic Studies, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and director of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

Publications[edit]

  • Comienzo del canto, Yaurel, San Juan, 1965.
  • Signos vitales, Cultural, San Juan, 1974.
  • Suite erótica, Ventana, San Juan, 1976.
  • Visión (separata con un poema). Ediciones Miljevik, Argentina, 1976.
  • La naranja entera, Cultural, 1983.
  • César Vallejo en Trilce, Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1983.
  • Tiempo de bolero, Cultural, San Juan, 1985.
  • Bajo los efectos de la poesía, Cultural, UPR, 1989.
  • Solo de pasión/Teoría del sueño, ICP, San Juan, 1996.
  • Techo a dos aguas, Plaza Mayor, San Juan 1998).
  • Tres entradas para Porto Rico. Brasil: Fundação Memorial da América, 2000.
  • Letra viva (antología), Visor, Madrid, 2002.
  • Sínsoras, Seix Barral, México, 2013.
  • Golpe de tambor (separata con un poema), Fundación SM, San Juan, 2013.
  • Botella al mar (con ilustraciones de Óscar Lagunas), Estampa, Madrid, 2014.
  • El arpa olvidada (Guía para la lectura de la poesía), Pre-Textos, Valencia: 2014.
  • Música de fondo Pre-Textos, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Valencia, 2016.

Other publications[edit]

  • Reunión de espejos, (Antología del cuento puertorriqueño actual). Río Piedras, Cultural, 1983.
  • Pensamiento y comunicación (Serie para la enseñanza del español en la escuela intermedia y superior, con la colaboración de María Vaquero y Humberto López Morales), Río Piedras: Plaza Mayor, 1998,
  • Gramática actual del español (en colaboración con Amparo Morales). San Juan, SM, 2011
  • Gramática didáctica del español (en colaboración con Amparo Morales), San Juan: SM, 2014

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