Monday, 5 October 2009
Cecília Meireles was born in 1901, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She was a poet, a writer and an educator. Her early childwood was marked by tragedy. Her father died three months before her birth, and her mother died when Cecília was three years old. She was then brought up by her Portuguese grandmother, who came from Azores and told her stories from her birthplace. Later these stories would be the inspiration for her poetry, and her first book Espectros was published in 1919, when she was only eighteen years of age. Viagem was one of her major works, a book that received the annual Poetry Prize from the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 1938. Meireles died in 1964. This month, October 2009 she will be one of the featured authors at the First Congress of Brazilian Women Writers in New York at the Centro Cultural Brasileiro in midtown Manhattan.