Antón Avilés Vinagre

Pseudonym: Avilés de Taramancos
Category: Poet
Birth Date: In 1935 (†In 1992)
Birth Place: Taramancos - Noia (A Coruña)

He was brought up in a family of peasants and managed to attend several courses on Secondary Education and Navigation. It was at school that he began to show his literary vocation. In 1960, he emigrated to Colombia. He began to work at the Brazilian embassy in Bogotá, where he met his bride-to-be, Sofía Baquero. In 1980, he returned to Galicia definitively to run a hostelry.

 Work & Activities

His first poems were published in 1955 in the magazine 'Atlantis' in Ferrol titled As moradías do vento. In 1959, he published his first book titled A frauta i o garamelo. In 1963, he wrote Poemas da ausencia in Colombia (a small anthology of this book is picked up in the magazine 'Grial' no. 31). On 11th August 1974, the newspaper La Voz de Galicia published his composition Pranto por Urbano Lugrís. He was a very good friend of Urbano Lugrís and he wrote this composition after the painter's death. He also published the following works: O tempo no espello (1982); Cantos caucanos (1985); As torres no ar (1989) and Última fuxida a Harar (1992). Avilés de Taramancos also wrote a storybook titled Nova crónica das Indias and many articles and texts that were collected in the volume Obra viva.

 Other Interesting Aspects

The Galician Academy dedicates him the Day of the Galician Letters in 2003.