Agustí Pons i Mir
Agustí Pons i Mir (Barcelona, 1947) is a journalist and writer.
He began to work in El Noticiero Universal and was one of the founders of the newspaper Avui where, from 1976 to 1995, he combined journalistic editing work with his literary creation. He was awarded the City of Barcelona Prize for journalism for his column "Figures, paisatges", which was published daily for more than eight years. He began his literary career as a poet, his books ranging from Cossos i fets (1977) to Metàfora (2009). One could also highlight his work as a biographer, with books on Joan Triadú, Pere Calders, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, Nèstor Luján, Raimon Noguera and Salvador Espriu. In his book Deu daus, which received the Joan Fuster Prize and the National Essay Prize from the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Autonomous Government), he offers literary portraits of ten twentieth-century Catalan personalities, including Frederica Montseny, Jordi Pujol, Jaume Miravitlles, Salvador Espriu and Joaquim Molas. He has also published two books of memoirs, Temps indòcils (2007) and Cartes a Clara (2010), as well as the essays 1914-2014. Per entendre l'Europa del segle XX (2014) and Zuric, 1917. Lenin, Joyce, Tzara (2017). In 2015 he published Bàrbara, a biography that, through a particular case, deals with the relation between Barcelona's burgeoisie and the Castilian workers immigration in Catalonia during the 1950's. And in 2019, Crònica al marge, a book between autobiography and essay.
From 1981 to 1984 he was Head of the Department of the Minister of Culture (Max Cahner) during the first Jordi Pujol Catalan government. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Col·legi de Periodistes de Catalunya (Journalists College of Catalonia), vice-president of the PEN Català (Catalan PEN Club Centre), a jury member for the Serra d'Or Prize for Literary Criticism and the Catalan Letters Prize of Honour. in 2015 he was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi from the Catalan government.
He is a member of Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC, Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Dietari Obert, visit the author's blog.
Contact the author.
Web page: Carme Ros for AELC.
Documentation from the authour's personal files.
Translated by Julie Wark and Josep Miàs.
Photographs: © Martí Pons.