Juana Bignozzi

Juana Bignozzi (1937 – 5 August 2015) was an Argentine translator, journalist, and poet. She was a recipient of the 2000 Municipal Poetry Prize, the 2004 Konex Award, and the 2013 Rosa de Cobre Prize.

Juana Bignozzi
Born1937 (1937)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died (aged 78)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationTranslator, journalist, poet
AwardsKonex Award (2004)


Juana Bignozzi was born in 1937 to an anarchist and anti-Peronist [es] family.[1][2][3] Though growing up with economic limitations, she always had privileged access to culture and education over other expenses, which Bignozzi greatly appreciated.[2][4]

In the late 1950s, Bignozzi became a militant in the Communist Party, and from there became involved with the poets' circle El Pan Duro, where she met Juan Gelman,[5] Juan Carlos Portantiero, and José Luis Mangieri [es].[1][4] In the 1960s she left the Communist Party although she worked on the publication Vanguardia Comunista. She began and abandoned careers in Arts and Law at the University of Buenos Aires. She worked as an accounting professor, accountant, and administrative assistant.[2]

In 1974, she married Hugo Mariani and moved to Barcelona, before the beginning of the National Reorganization Process.[6] She left thinking that she would return in a few years, and for that reason she did not accept the word exiliada (exiled) but accepted the words desterrada, apátrida (exiled, stateless). She spent 30 years of her life in Spain, working as a translator[5] and traveling frequently to Florence.[1]

About poetry, Bignozzi said:

I want what I say to be understood, but not necessarily easy to understand [...] You are a poet to work with the language in another way. In poetry there must be some mystery, something that the poet sees and that the public does not. We have an obligation to reveal the mysteries but in a different way than journalism has.[2]

Bignozzi returned to Argentina in 2004, where she died in 2015 at age 78.[4][7]


She was awarded the 2000 Municipal Poetry Prize, the 2004 Konex Award,[8] and the 2013 Rosa de Cobre Prize from the National Library of Argentina.[7][9]


  • 1960: Los límites
  • 1962: Tierra de nadie
  • 1989: Regreso a la patria
  • 1990: Mujer de cierto orden
  • 1993: Interior con poeta
  • 1997: Partida de las grande líneas
  • 2000: La ley tu ley
  • 2010: Si alguien tiene que ser después


  1. ^ a b c Halfon, Mercedes (29 August 2010). "Juana de cerca" [Juana Up Close]. Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Fondebrider, Jorge (15 August 2010). "Juana Bignozzi: 'La ideología es una forma de eternidad'" [Juana Bignozzi: 'Ideology is a Form of Eternity']. Ñ (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ Gianera, Pablo (6 August 2015). "Juana Bignozzi: poeta de tono único y belleza inevitable" [Juana Bignozzi: Poet of Unique Tone and Unavoidable Beauty]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Murió la poeta Juana Bignozzi" [The Poet Juana Bignozzi Dies]. Clarín (in Spanish). 5 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lorusso, Adriana (6 August 2015). "Juana Bignozzi: una grande casi desconocida" [Juana Bignozzi: A Great Almost Unknown]. Perfil (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Juana Bignozzi: Poemas". Literary Journal of the National Library. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Muere la poeta Juana Bignozzi" [The Poet Juana Bignozzi Dies]. Eñe (in Spanish). 6 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Juana Bignozzi" (in Spanish). Konex Foundation. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Entregaron los Premios Rosa de Cobre en la Biblioteca Nacional" [The Rosa de Cobre Prizes Delivered at the National Library] (in Spanish). Télam. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2018.