Felipe Benítez Reyes & Aaron Zaritzky

from Probable Lives

Felipe Benítez Reyes Felipe Benítez Reyes is considered one of the primary figures of Spain’s literary Generation X and the contemporary Spanish movement called The Poetry of Experience, though he questions the validity of such labels. Probable Lives, his most highly acclaimed book, won the 1996 National Book Award in Spain, the 1996 National Critics’ Award in Spain, and the City of Melilla International Prize. Benítez considers himself as much a writer of prose as he is a poet—in addition to his many books of poems, he has also published numerous novels and collections of short stories. He recently won the 2006 Nadal Prize, one of Spain’s oldest and most important fiction awards, for Mercado de espejismos (Mirage Market). Felipe Benítez Reyes lives in his hometown of Rota with his wife, the translator Silvia Barbero. For more information on Probably Lives visit BOA Editions.

Aaron Zaritzky graduated from the Creative Writing Workshop at Oberlin College (2000) and completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Arizona (2004). BOA Editions, Ltd published his translation of Felipe Benítez Reyes’ book of poems, Probable Lives in 2006 as part of the Lannan Series; one of these poem translations, “Fears,” was chosen by The Academy of American Poets to represent a day in National Poetry Month. Zaritzky has received commissions from both The Kennedy Center and Nobel Prize finalist Miguel Mendez to translate work. His co-translations of the lyrics to José Saavedra Iguina’s albums Versosreversos and Ver Cada Ver (La Desgracia Music 2005 and 2007) appear with the CDs. Zaritzky lives in Macon, Georgia with his wife, Yosálida, their daughter, Sofía, and their cat, Humo.