Joan Cuscó i Aymamí (Sabadell, 1922-2019) also writes using the pseudonym of Xèspir. He is a publisher, writer and cultural activist.
His literary career began when he started to write for the newspaper Diari de Sabadell from Morocco where he was doing military service. After a break of more than twenty years when he was working in the industrial sector he once again began to write for the same newspapers, this time a series of interviews under the title Perfils (Profiles), and later Semblances (Portraits).
His first book was published in 1973 under the pen name of Xèspir, a humorous work titled Grageas y otras puñetas (Pills and Other Pests) and illustrated by himself.
At the beginning of 1978 he established the association Amics de les Arts i de les Lletres de Sabadell (Friends of the Arts and Letters of Sabadell) and ten years later it was constituted as a Foundation. On Diada de Sant Jordi (St George's Day) in 1978 he also founded the literary review Quadern.
He is author of the book De les eixides (From the Exits, 1980) with which he inaugurated the "Biblioteca Quadern" collection of the Amics de les Arts i de les Lletres association of Sabadell. Two years later he published Dels carrers de Sabadell (From the Streets of Sabadell, 1982), while in 1984 he brought out 62 ceballuts (62 Big Heads) with caricatures of personalities in Sabadell's circles of the arts and letters. This was followed by Del torrent de la Tosca (From the Tosca Torrent, 1988), Més ceballuts (More Big Heads, 1992), Quin$ Temps! (What Time$!, 2003), Passatgers (Passengers, 2005), inter alia.
In 1992 he was awarded the Tenacitat (Tenacity) Prize of the Narcís Giralt Professional Associations for his works.
He was a member of honour of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Carme Ros for AELC.
Documentation: Author's personal files.
Photographs: Author's personal files.