Anna Gas

- Spain -

Anna Gas Serra (Barcelona, 1996) is a Catalan writer with a degree in Literary Studies and Psychology from the University of Barcelona. The "Premi Joan Duch de poesia per a joves escriptors" (Joan Duch Poetry Award for young writers) led to the publication of her first book of poems, Crossa d'aigua (Editorial Fonoll, 2017). The second, Llengua d'àntrax (Edicions del Buc, 2019), won the "Premi Josep Maria Llompart de poesia" (Josep Maria Llompart Poetry Award) in 2020 as part of the "Premis Cavall Verd” (Green Horse Awards) awarded annually by the AELC to the best published poetic work. It has been included in several anthologies since 2018 and has been translated into English, Spanish, Italian, Galician and Serbian. She has taken part in various literary festivals both nationally and internationally and is one of the most promising up-and-coming figures on the Catalan poetry scene. In 2020 she won the "Premi Mercè Rodoreda de contes i narracions” (Mercè Rodoreda Award for short stories and narratives), with which she published El pèndol (Edicions Proa, 2021), her first collection of short stories.

“Anna Gas has been able to find and present a very personal style based on tradition, and without a doubt is set to produce great work in the future. A proclaimed writing style in passages that both break and mark the rhythm, verses that begin obsessively decasyllabic, but which end up breaking free to give way to short verses that are steeped in the rhythm of the subject matter. Simple and recognisable, it offers the reader a "chromaticism of their own", as Abraham Mohino says in the foreword. A voice of her own in the universe of young poets who have been making a strong comeback lately”.

- Meritxell Matas, Caràcters Magazine: "El regust fèrric de les paraules" [review of Crossa d'aigua by Anna Gas]"


“Gas constructs a poetics of paradox based on the resignification of the gaze and the dissolution of an organless body, as Deleuze and Guattari announced. [...] Gas's poetry is constructed on the basis of paradox, the forged and organless body, language as a reflective and metalinguistic centrality, and the other as a threat and condition of possibility”.

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