Romanian poet, essayist and writer Ana Blandiana has been nominated for the prestigious European Poet Award for Freedom 2016. The poetry volume that was nominated is called ” Patria mea a4″ ( My country).
The award ceremony takes place every two years in Gdansk, Poland between 17-19 March and poets from Denmark, Macedonia, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Hungary and Italy were nominated. The books of the nominated poets will also be translated in Polish language and published the following year.
The event will have poet guests such as Vanni Bianconi from Italy, Lidia Dimvoska from Macedonia, Yahya Hassan from Denmark, Daniel Jonas from Portugal, Aniko Polgar from Hungary and Serghei Stratanovski from Russia.
Several events will also have Ana Blandiana invited. The Warsaw Romanian Cultural Institute also organizes between 16-21 March a series of meetings with Ana Blandiana in several Polish cities to promote her poetry book. On the 16th of March the poet will be present at the De Revolutionibus Library for a meeting with the public. On 21st of March, on World Poetry Day a special event will be organised in Warsaw to honour this day. Ana Blandiana along with other four nominated poets will be invited to attend.
Ana Blandiana is a well known poet around the world, as her poems were translated in 24 foreign languages. However, before 1989 her books were banned and withdrawn from libraries because she opposed the communist regime.
The aim of the European Poet Awards is to promote outstanding artistic poetry which focuses on most important topics of our contemporary times- freedom.