Tomás Segovia

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Tomás Segovia (Spanish pronunciation: [toˈmas seˈɣoβja]; 21 May 1927 – 7 November 2011)[1][2] was a Mexican author, translator and poet of Spanish origin. He was born in Valencia, Spain, and studied in France and Morocco.[3] He went into exile to Mexico, where he taught at the Colegio de México and other universities.[3] Segovia founded the publication Presencia (1946),[4] was director of La Revista Mexicana de Literatura (1958–1963),[5] formed part of the magazine Plural, and collaborated in Vuelta.[6]

In honour of the poet, in August 2012, Conaculta (the Mexican Council for National Culture and Arts) announced the $100,000 Tomás Segovia Literary Translation Prize, to be awarded in alternating years for the best translation into Spanish or from Spanish.[7]


His work as a poet is not separate from his literary criticism and works of translation. Notable books of poetry include La luz provisional (1950), El sol y su eco (1960), Anagnórisis (1967), Figura y secuencias (1979) and Cantata a solas (1985). Prose works include: Contracorrientes (1973), Poética y profética (1986) and Alegatorio.[3][8][9]

At the time of his death he resided in Madrid, Spain.[10]


Segovia won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in 1972,[5] the Juan Rulfo Prize in 2005,[11] and the Premio García Lorca in 2008.[2]



  1. ^ Fallece el poeta español Tomás Segovia a los 84 años de edad(Spanish)
  2. ^ a b "Tomás Segovia, el "poeta de las dos orillas", recibe el Premio García Lorca" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 10 October 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Recibió Tomás Segovia el Premio de Poesía "Federico García Lorca"" (in Spanish). Milenio. 20 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Segovia, Amoraga y Villacañas, premios de la crítica valenciana" (in Spanish). Diario Critico del Comunitat Valenciana. 28 October 2004. 
  5. ^ a b "La poesía española reconoce de forma oficial a Tomás Segovia" (in Spanish). Informador. 11 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Presentan libro de cartas entre Octavio Paz y Tomás Segovia" (in Spanish). El Universal. 16 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mexico creates prize to honor literary translators". Fox News. USA. EFE. 23 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "El mexicano Tomás Segovia recibe el García Lorca de poesía" (in Spanish). El Pais. 16 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Tomás Segovia en el Complejo Cultural Universitario" (in Spanish). Milenio. 29 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Gallastegui, Ines (11 October 2008). "Tomás Segovia: "García Lorca es el ambiente de mi juventud"" (in Spanish). Ideal. 
  11. ^ Lucas, Antonio (2 August 2005). "El Premio Juan Rulfo ilumina la obra de Tomás Segovia" (in Spanish).