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Yolanda Bedregal de Cónitzer (21 September 1916 – 21 May 1999) was a Bolivian poet and novelist, known as Yolanda of Bolivia (Yolanda de Bolivia).[1][2] She is known for her explorations of human emotions, and especially in her later years, isolation and loneliness.



Bedregal was born in La Paz, Bolivia, into a wealthy and academic family. Her father, Juan Francisco Bedregal, was Rector of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, a professor and an influential writer. Her mother was Carmen Iturri Alborta. Bedregal received her bachillerato (high school diploma) from the prestigious Instituto Americano de La Paz. She studied at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes of La Paz, and then went, on a scholarship, to Columbia University in New York City where she studied aesthetics.

Upon her return to La Paz, she taught at various institutions, including the Conservatorio de Música, la Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes, the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, and then at the Academia Benavides de Sucre.

She was the founder and first president of the Bolivian National Union of Poets (Unión Nacional de Poetas).

Bedregal died in La Paz on 21 May 1999.


Her first book of poetry was Naufragio published in 1936, where her explicit and precise language explored the human condition.[1]

Honors and legacyEdit

In 1971 she received the Bolivian National Book award for her novel Bajo el oscuro sol published that year.

The Bedregal Award for poetry, given by government of Bolivia, was instituted in the year 2000 and named in her honor.[3]

Bolivia issued a postage stamp in her honor in 1993.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Yolanda Bedregal" (in Spanish). Biografias y Vidas. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008.
  2. ^ Coll, Edna (1992). Indice informativo de la novela hispanoamericana, Tome 5, El Altiplano (Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú). San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-8477-2012-5.
  3. ^ DeLeón, Jessica (6 August 2013). "Happy Independence Day, Bolivia!". Hispanic Reader.
  4. ^ Bolivia Scott #901A. Scott (2008) "Bolivia" Scott 2009 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue Volume 1 (165th edition) Scott Publishing Co., Sidney, Ohio, page 955. ISBN 978-0-89487-417-8

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