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    Culture Presents the 2017 Annual Literature Award
    Santo Domingo, October 17, 2017

    The Ministry of Culture presented the 2017 Annual Literature Awards to the year’s top poets, playwrights, essayists, and short story writers. This year’s winners received cash prizes totaling RD$250,000.00 and an official honorary diploma during a ceremony held in the Aída Cartagena Portalatín Room, located in the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Library.

    The solemn ceremony was headed by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Edilí Pichardo, representing the Minister of Culture, Pedro Vergés. The Director General of Books and Reading, Alexis Gómez Rosa, and the Director of Literary Management, César Augusto Zapata, accompanied Ms. Pichardo.

    Awards Ceremony

    The Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Annual Poetry Award was awarded to Daniel Baruc Espinal for his work Hormigas dentro de una gota de ámbar. The José Ramón López Annual Short Story Award was presented to writer Giovanni Cruz Durán for Códices en las cortesías de mis libros.
    The Pedro Henríquez Ureña Annual Essay Award was presented to writer Jesús Miguel Faustino Collado Taveras for his work Evaluación institucional de la UASD 1538-2016.

    The play Dos piezas trágicas, written by César Israel Sánchez Beras, won the Cristóbal de Llerena Annual Theater Award. His brother, Apolinar Sánchez Guerra, accepted the award on his sibling’s behalf.

    Zapata: “The Awards are the country’s ceritage”

    In his keynote speech, the Director of Literary Management, César Zapata, spoke of the need to preserve the Annual Literature Awards as part of Dominican cultural heritage.
    He also pointed out that during the administration of Minister Pedro Vergés a number of favorable changes have been introduced to the competition, among which he mentioned an increase of the cash purse.

    Daniel Baruc Speaks on Behalf of the Winners

    Meanwhile, Daniel Baruc Espinal, winner of the 2017 Salomé Ureña Annual Poetry Award, spoke on behalf of the winners. He thanked Minister Vergés, the jury and the officials of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) that were present during the event.
    He posited that the true value of the award, beyond the economic incentive, is having written a good literary work, “in a world in which we are passing through life.”

    The Ceremony

    The National Anthem was interpreted by tenor Modesto Acosta, accompanied by the Orquestra La Hispaniola, conducted by Luis Augusto Martínez. Other pieces performed at the event were the Concerto in G Major by Antonio Vivaldi, and the Serenade No. 6 for Orchestra in D Major (Serenata notturna), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    The jury of the 2017 Annual Literature Awards consisted of Ángela Hernández, León David and Noé Zayas, in the poetry category. The jury in the essays category consisted of Leopoldo Artiles Gil, Pura Emeterio Rondón and Fidel Munnigh.

    In the theater category, the jury responsible for the selection consisted of Carlos Rojas, Dionis Rufino and Claudia Rivera. Meanwhile, in the short story category, Nan Chevalier, Manuel LIibre and Fernando Berroa made the selection.

    The Annual Literature Awards were created by the Executive Power via Decree No. 111-05, dated March 23, 2005, with the objective of promoting creativity and literary production in the Dominican Republic.

     Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Head table. Alexis Gómez Rosa, Edilí Pichardo, and César Zapata.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Authorities from the Ministry of Culture together with the winners of the 2017 Annual Literature Awards.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    The Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Annual Poetry Award was granted to Daniel Baruc Espinal, for his work “Hormigas dentro de una gota de ámbar.”

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017.

    The José Ramón López Annual Short Story Award was awarded to writer Giovanni Cruz Durán for “Códices en las cortesías de mis libros.”

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Jesús Miguel Faustino Collado Taveras received the Pedro Henríquez Ureña Annual Essay Award for his work “Evaluación institucional de la UASD 1538-2016.”

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017 

    The work “Dos piezas trágicas,” by César Israel Sánchez Beras, won the Cristóbal de Llerena Annual Theater Award.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Members of the public who were present at the 2017 Annual Literature Awards.

     











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