Joan Navarro (Oliva, La Safor, 1951) is a poet, translator and Philosophy teacher.
At twenty-two years old he received the poetry award Vicent Andrés Estellés for Grills esmolen ganivets a trenc de por (1974). It was followed by the poetry compilations L'ou de la gallina fosca (1975), Vaixell de folls (1979), Bardissa de foc (1981) and La paüra dels crancs (1986). In 1991 he published his first narrative text, Drumcondra, and on the following year the anthology Tria personal (1973-1987). In 2005 he was awarded the Premi de la Crítica dels Escriptors Valencians for Magrana (2004), and in 2010 the Premi Carles Salvador for A deslloc (2010). His collaboration with the painter Pere Salinas bore fruit with the publication of the volumes Atlas (correspondència 2005-2007) (2008), Grafies·Incisions (2010) and O: Llibre d'hores (2014), awarded the Crítica dels Escriptors Valencians poetry Prize. In 2014 he was awarded the Ausiàs March poetry prize from Gandia for El pes de l'ham.
He has translated works into Catalan and Spanish by P. Bichsel, Marinetti, E. Montale, Pasolini and by the Brazilian contemporary poets Orides Fontela, Elisa Andrade Buzzo and Lígia Dabul. Some of his work has been translated into Basque, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian.
He is a member of Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC, Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Page by Xulio Ricardo Trigo for AELC.
Photographs: Markus Gudel and Pere Salinas.