Carles Torner (Barcelona, 1963) was awarded the Amadeu Oller Prize for poetry with A la ciutat blanca (1984), and in the same year he received the Carles Riba Prize for poetry for Als lÝmits de la sal. He continued his production with titles such as L'Óngel del saqueig (1989), Viure desprÚs (1998), awarded the Catalan Critic poetry prize, and La n˙via d'Europa (2008).
In 1997 he published the novel L'estrangera, inspired in The book of Ruth from the Bible. He also wrote essays and narratives, with titles such as El principi acollida (1995), where he suggests an intercultural dialog program for international organizations, Shoah, una pedagogia de la mem˛ria (2002), about Claude Lanzmnann's movie, and L'arca de Babel (2005), a compilation of 37 letters addressed to activist women from all over the world.
Torner has been active in PEN Internationalĺs work for over twenty years; in that time he has served as a member of the board, chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee. He has also participated in several missions for imprisoned writers. He has published essays and poems about PENĺs defense of freedom of expression across the world.
Before joining PEN as Executive Director, he was director of the Literature and Humanities Department at the Ramon Llull Institute, where he was in charge of the presence of Catalan literature as guest of honour at the Frankfurt book fair and the Guadalajara International book fair. He holds a PhD from the university of Paris VIII and is a lecturer in Communication and International Relations at Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, in Barcelona.
He is a member of Associaciˇ d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC, Association of Catalan Language Writers) and of PEN CatalÓ.
Page updated by Josep MiÓs for the AELC.
Photographs from the author's personal files.