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NÉLIDA PIÑON

Nélida Cuiñas Piñon, daughter of Lino Piñon Muiños and Olívia Carmem Cuiñas Piñon, was born in Rio de Janeiro on May 3, 1937, to a family originally from Galicia, Spain.

She spent thirteen years attending Colégio Santo Amaro, a school run by the Benedictines, and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro.

She debuted in literature in 1961 with the novel Guia Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo.

Holding the Dr. Henry King Stanford chair in humanities at the University of Miami, in 1969 she inaugurated the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro’s chair in Creative Writing.

She has earned important literary awards both in Brazil and abroad, including the Juan Rulfo International Prize in Latin American and Caribbean Literature, won in 1995.

In 1990, she became a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras, where she occupies the Aurélio Buarque de Holanda chair.

In 1997, she was elected president of the Academy.