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Six Catalan Poets is the ninth in Arc’s New Voices from Europe and Beyond series of poetry in translation. It features the work of four Catalans, one Valencian and one Mallorcan – Josep Lluís Aguiló, Elies Barberà, Manuel Forcano, Gemma Gorga, Jordi Julià, Carles Torner – along with an introductory essay which sets the poets in the wider context of a culture perpetually overcoming adversity. The Catalan originals appear on facing pages alongside English translations by Anna Crowe.
Pere Ballart is Professor of Literary Theory at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Anna Crowe was born in Plymouth, and now lives in St Andrews, where she was involved in establishing the StAnza Poetry Festival. Two of her collections of translations of the Catalan poet Joan Margarit have been published by Bloodaxe Books: Tugs in the Fog: Selected Poems (2006, a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation) and Strangely Happy (2011). She also co-edited the Scottish Poetry Library/Carcanet anthology of Catalan poetry, Light Off Water (2007).