August Bover (Barcelona, 1949) has a doctorate in Romance Philology (Catalan). He has been a researcher at the universities of Saskatchewan (Canada) and California at Berkeley (USA), a visiting professor at the universities of Cagliari (Sardinia) and Perpignan, and has also taught Literature in the Department of Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona, where he is an Emeritus Professor. He has published a great number of books and articles, basically on Catalan literature of the Modern Age, for example the anthologies of poetry of Pere Serafí (1987 and 2005); the Catalan culture of Sardinia with Sardocatalana. Llengua, literatura i cultura catalanes a Sardenya (Sardo-Catalan: Catalan Language, Literature and Culture in Sardinia, 2007); studies of the work of Josep Sebastià Pons in Antologia poètica (Poetic Anthology, 1986) and Teatre (Theatre, 1990), as well as a biography of this writer (1990); and Manual de catalanística (Handbook of Catalan Studies, 1993). He was technical secretary of the Comissió de Lectorats de Català (Catalan Lectorships Commitee) in overseas universities (1988-2002) – under the auspices of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and the University Council of Catalonia – and editor of Catalan Review (1995-2009). He is vice-president of the Federació Internacional d'Associacions de Catalanística (International Federation of Catalan Studies Societies) and president of the Societat Catalana de Llengua i Literatura (Language and Literature Catalan Society).
His poems have been published in anthologies and collective volumes, for example Poesia al carrer. Haikús i tankas (Poetry in the Street: Haikus and Tankas – Olot: Biblioteca Marià Vayreda, 2002); Llums i ombres del temps. Abecedari coral (Lights and Shadows of Time: A Choral ABC – Vilanova i la Geltrú: El Cep i la Nansa, 2003); El llibre de les odes (The Book of Odes – Olot: Associació l'Au Cal·ligràfica, 2005); and Long Island Sounds Anthology (New York: The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2011). His work also appears in international poetry reviews (for example the Welsh magazine The Seventh Quarry). He has given poetry readings at venues that include the Poetic Spring Festival of La Garriga, in the Espai Mallorca in Barcelona, at the "Es Pinzell" café, in Palma (Mallorca), the Cloister of Saint Francis in Alghero and the University of Cagliari (both in Sardinia), at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea (Wales) and the Salem Athenaeum, Salem, Massachusetts (USA). His work, sometimes jointly produced with plastic artists including Salvador Alibau, Pere Brull Carreras and Pere Capellà, and the photographer Toni Vidal, has appeared with the following titles: En pèlag d'amor (In a Sea of Love, 1999), L'hivern sota el Cadí (Winter at the Foot of the Cadí Mountains, 2001), Mojave (2006), Terres de llicorella (Slate Lands, 2007) and Cloc! (Plop!, 2011). He has been translated into German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese.
He is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Catalan Language Writers Association).
Web page: Carme Ros for AELC.
Documentation: Author's personal files.
Translation: Julie Wark.
Photographs: ©Marc Vila (portal) and author's personal files.