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The Emilio Ballagas national prize was given to the poet because of his Stylistic achievements and excellent management of the language.

The jury was formed by Roberto Manzano,Lourdes González y Carlos Esquivel-to grant the Emilio Ballagas national prize to the poetry book Una cosa separada de la tierra (Something away from the land) by Herbert Toranzo Falcón.

The prize was awarded in the province of Camagüey and received by the Avilanian poet just a few days after his 37 birthday.

The winning text deals with the inner world of the writer seen through his clashes and dissatisfactions in life.

The jury also made mention of the volume Orejas bajo la luna (ears under the moon) by Luis Pérez de Castro, from Pinar del Río, and Falsas maniobras (false maneuvers) by Luis Lexandel Pita, from Matanzas.

Over 20 books were submitted to the poetry contest by authors from the Cuban provinces of Ciudad de La Habana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and the convoking province of Camagüey.

Graduated at the University of Villa Clara, Toranzo is an active member of UNEAC, (Association of Cuban Writers and Artists), the Asociación Hermanos Saíz (Young Artists Association), and took part of the 5th class of narrative techniques at the
Centro de Formación Literaria Onelio Jorge Cardoso. (creative writing center).

Among other books, Toranzo has published La torre de Donovan (the Donovan tower) and Puentes sobre el Estigia (bridges over the Stix). His works has been included in several antologies and he has also won other important prizes such as La Gaceta de
Cuba and Calendario de Poesía 2004.


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