Pedro Shimose

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Pedro Shimose
Born (1940-03-30) March 30, 1940 (age 77)
Beni, Bolivia
Occupation poet, journalist, professor, essayist
Language Spanish
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid
Notable works Quiero escribir, pero me sale espuma
Notable awards Casa de las Américas Prize
Premio Nacional de Cultura de Bolivia

Pedro Shimose Kawamura (born March 30, 1940) is a poet, journalist, professor and essayist from Bolivia.[1] He has been based in Madrid, Spain since 1971.[2] Shimose is considered as one of the great poets of Bolivia.[2]


Born in Riberalta (Beni) in 1940 to Japanese parents. He studied at the Higher University of San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia, and graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain.[3]

He devoted to journalism, had worked in the newspaper Presencia and taught at the Higher University of San Andrés.[3]

He was awarded the Casa de las Américas Prize for the book Quiero escribir, pero me sale espuma in 1972.[3][4] In 1999, he received the Premio Nacional de Cultura de Bolivia. He is a member of the Academia Boliviana de la Lengua, and the Spanish Association of Art Critics.[3]

Shimose is best known for his politically inspired poetry which touches on the themes of national identity and social liberation.


He has published seven books of poetry: Triludio in Exile (1961), Sardonia (1967), Poetry for a People (1968), Lapse of Fire (1975), In the Letter (1976), Machiavellian Reflections (1980), Bolero Cavalry (1985) and Riberalta (1997), and Poetry (1988. He is the author of a book of short stories, The Coco is Called Denim (1976) and a Dictionary of Latin American Authors (1982).


  • Triludio en el exilio (1961)
  • Sardonia (1967)
  • Poemas para un pueblo (1968)
  • Quiero escribir, pero me sale espuma(1972)
  • Caducidad del fuego (1975)
  • Al pie de la letra (1976)
  • El Coco se llama Drilo (stories, 1976)
  • Reflexiones maquiavélicas (1980)
  • Diccionario de Autores Iberoamericanos (1982)
  • Bolero de caballería (1985)
  • Poemas (1988; meets his previous books)
  • Historia de la literatura hispanoamericana (1989)
  • Riberalta y otros poemas (1996)
  • No te lo vas a creer (2000)



  1. ^ "Chile repartió medallas Pablo Neruda a figuras de todo el orbe" (in Spanish). 12 July 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Poetas de Bolivia / Pedro Shimose" (in Spanish). Bolivia Web. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d Biografía de Pedro Shimose (in Spanish), Poemas del Alma, retrieved 2012-11-17 
  4. ^ "Biografía de Pedro Shimose" (in Spanish). Biografías y Vidas. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 

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