Spain's Atencia wins Queen Sofia Poetry Prize

Madrid, May 6 (EFE).- Spain's Maria Victoria Atencia was named Tuesday as the winner of the 23rd Queen Sofia Ibero-American Poetry Prize for a work in which she "has a conversation with tradition" and for her "ability to transform the quotidian into something important."

That dialogue and that ability were two of the elements that scholar Maria Angeles Perez Lopez and writer Soledad Puertolas, both members of the judging panel, emphasized after making public their decision on the prize at the Royal Palace in Madrid.

Atencia, 82, thus becomes the first Spanish poet and the fourth woman to win this award.

Bestowed jointly by the Patrimonio Nacional, the institution responsible for managing crown properties, and the University of Salamanca, this prize acknowledges "the entire poetic work of a living author which, for its literary value, constitutes an outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage shared by the Ibero-American community."

The Ibero-American Poetry Prize comes with a cash stipend of 42,100 euros ($58,400) and includes the publication of an anthology of the prizewinner's work.

Queen Sofia will present the award to Atencia at a ceremony later this year.