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    Ignacio Ruiz Pérez Wins Poetry Award

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    Ignacio Ruiz Pérez wins prestigious Poetry Award

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Ignacio Ruiz Pérez Wins Poetry Award

Date: August 13 , 2015



The Department of Modern Languages is delighted to announce that Ignacio Ruiz Pérez has won the prestigious Spanish poetry prize "Leon Felipe."  In this year’s competition for the prize, the jury considered over four hundred poets from seventeen different countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Morocco, and others, as well as from Spain, the host country. As reported in the Spanish newspaper La Opinión Correo de Zamora on August 13, 2015, Joan Gonper praised Dr. Ruiz’s winning collection of poetry for its rich tones, excellent inner rhythm, and tremendous honesty. “It’s a beautiful song that mixes poetic prose with creative verse,” Gonper said. These kinds of honors are not new to our esteemed colleague. Dr. Ruiz-Pérez is a critically acclaimed poet who has won numerous international prizes in the last few years, including the José Gorostiza Poetry Prize (2004), the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional Poetry Prize (2005), the Salvador Gallardo Dávalos National Prize for Young Poets (2006), and the Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize (2014). The Leon Felipe poetry prize, one of the most prestigious in Spain, is named after one of Spain's most beloved and important poets, who died in 1968. Dr. Ruiz Pérez’s body of work as a poet includes the books Lecturas y Diversiones (2008), Notas manuscritas llenas de incógnitas (2014), Papeles Robados al Fuego (2014), and the bilingual book of poetry The Sign of the Crow (2011). As a literary critic, Dr. Ruiz Pérez has also published widely on Mexican literature through articles, edited books, and specialized monographs. The Department of Modern Languages and UT Arlington are very fortunate to be associated with an artist and critic of Dr. Ruiz Pérez's caliber.