Today’s Dame of the Day is Ana Blandiana (March 25, 1942-). Born in Romania during Soviet rule, Blandiana’s father spent years in Communist prison before his accidental death several weeks after his release. Blandiana wrote poetry and worked as a literary editor and librarian; as the regime grew more restrictive, her work became more protest-oriented. Blandiana eventually entered politics and campaigned for an open society and an end to communist rule.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Magie Faure-Vidot. As a poet, Faure-Vidot routinely represents her home country, Seychelles, at literary competitions around the world. In addition to editing Sipay, the country’s only literary magazine, she also founded the online journal Winds Easterly. Faure-Vidot is an associate member of the Academic Institute in Paris and the International Academy of Lutece.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Claribel Alegría (May 12, 1924-). Alegría moved to the United States for college when she was 19, but she maintained close ties to her native Nicaragua. Her poems, novels, and essays critiqued society while championing justice and freedom. During the country’s uprisings of the 1970s, Alegría redoubled her commitment to non-violent resistance while supporting the Sandinista National Liberation Front. In 1985, she returned to Nicaragua to aid with reconstruction following the revolution. Today, she continues to live and write in Managua.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Josephina Pla (November 9, 1903-January 11, 1999).In the 1950s, Pla founded the New Art Group with fellow artists Olga Blinder, Lilí De Mónico and José Laterza Parodi. As a poet, art critic, playwright, painter and journalist, she is one of the most respected members of the Paraguayan artistic community.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992). Lorde performed odd jobs while earning a degree in library science from Columbia University. She wrote in her spare time, but what was once a hobby quickly evolved into a full-fledged career. Branding herself as a “lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” she penned a series of poems, wrote a memoir about living with terminal cancer, and appeared in a documentary about her own life. Lorde served as New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 until her death in 1992.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Julia de Burgos (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953). In addition to penning poetry, de Burgos championed Puerto Rican independence and fought for civil rights for women and Afro-Carribbean writers. While she died much too early at age 39, she received numerous posthumous awards and honors for her work.