Maite Salord Ripoll (Ciutadella, Menorca, 1965) teaches Catalan Language and Literature at the Àngels Cardona secondary school in Ciutadella. A member of the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis (IME, Menorcan Studies Institute), she has published several articles on Menorcan literature and is editor of the volume Entremesos I (Farces I) by Vicenç Albertí i Vidal (IME, 1997).
She was awarded the Prize for the Novel of the 16th Literary and Artistic Biennale of the St John Festivities for her work I del somni, tot (And of the Dream, Everything, IME, 1998), and the 1999 Island of Menorca Prize for the Short Story for "Flor de gessamí" (Jasmine Flower). She has also written the novel Com una nina russa (Like a Matryoshka Doll, la Galera, 2002). In 2003 she was awarded the 4th Contarella Prize for Literature in the Children's Literature section for her story Omplir la nit (To Fill the Night, Ajuntament de Ciutadella, 2004) and the 2004 City of Olot Prize for Young People's Literature for her novel Mar de boira (Sea of Fog, la Galera, 2004). In 2006 she published Freqüències (Frequencies, IME, 2006), a collection of radio commentaries in which she discusses a range of current events. She was a finalist for the 2006 Sant Jordi (St George) Prize for the Novel with La mort de l'ànima (Death of the Soul, Proa, 2007). In 2014 she published the novel L'alè de les cendres (The Ashes' Breath). She has also published the story "L'enyor de les pedres" (Yearning of Stones) which appeared in the collection Veus de la nova narrativa catalana (Voices from New Catalan Fiction, Empúries, 2010), which was published in Spanish as Voces. Antología de narrativa catalana contemporánea (Anagrama, 2010).
She is a member of the Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC – Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Josep Miàs for AELC.
Documentation and texts: Maite Salord.
Photograph: © Sisca Sastre.
Translated by Julie Wark.