Leo Boix is a bilingual Latinx poet born in Argentina who lives and works in the UK. His debut English collection Ballad of a Happy Immigrant (Chatto & Windus, 2021) was awarded the PBS Wild Card Choice and was appeared on The Guardian’s ‘best recent poetry’ list in August 2021. He has authored another two books, in Spanish, Un Lugar Propio (2015) and Mar de Noche (2017), both with Letras del Sur Editora, Argentina. His forthcoming book is To Love a Woman (Poetry Translation Centre-PTC, 2022), a collection of poems by the Argentine writer Diana Bellesi he's translated during the lockdown. Boix has been included in many anthologies, such as Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe), The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2019-2020 (BlackSpring Press), Islands Are But Mountains: Contemporary Poetry from Great Britain (Platypus Press), 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren Books), Why I Write Poetry (Nine Arches Press), and Un Nuevo Sol: British Latinx Writers (flipped eye). His poems have appeared in many national and international journals, including POETRY, PN Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Manchester Review, The White Review, Ambit, The London Magazine, Asymptote, The Morning Star, Litro, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Letras Libres, BathMag, Prism International, Contra journal and elsewhere. Boix is a fellow of The Complete Works program and co-director of Invisible Presence, an Arts Council national scheme to nurture new voices of Latinx writers in the UK, and an advisory board member of the Poetry Translation Centre. He has written poems commissioned by Royal Kew Gardens, the National Poetry Library, Bradford Literary Festival, Un Nuevo Sol and La Linea Festival, among others. Boix is also a mentor for the Ledbury Poetry Critics scheme run by the University of Liverpool and has edited the Resistencia issue of Magma Poetry, dedicated to Latinx and Latin American poetry. He was the recipient of the Bart Wolffe Poetry Prize Award 2018 and the Keats-Shelley Prize 2019, as well as being awarded The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2021 (second prize).
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