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Carlos Pintado Wins 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry, Awarded by Miami Dade College’s Center for Literature & Theatre and The National Poetry Series

The Center for Literature & Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC) and The National Poetry Series have announced the winner of the 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry: Nueve Monedas by Carlos Pintado from Miami Beach.

Pintado’s work was chosen by esteemed Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco. This was Blanco’s introduction to Pintado’s work, and he shared his initial thoughts: “The urgency and presence in Pintado’s poems feel as if the poet’s very life depended on writing them. They are possessed by a unique, intangible quality that arrests the reader and commands attention. His work is intimate yet boundless, moving easily between form and free verse, prose poems and long poems, whether capturing the everyday streets of Miami Beach or leading us into the mythic and mystical worlds of his imagination.”

Carlos Pintado is a Cuban–American writer, playwright and award-winning poet who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. His book Autorretrato en azul received the prestigious Sant Jordi's International Prize for Poetry, and his book El azar y los tesoros was one of the finalists for Spain's Adonais Prize in 2008. Pintado’s work has been translated into numerous languages, and turned into several musical pieces performed by renowned ensembles.

Blanco also awarded Honorable Mention this year to Lourdes Vázquez of Miami, for her work Un enigma esas munecas.

Named in honor of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet, Octavio Paz, this award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. Pintado’s book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press in the fall of 2015.

The Center @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South Florida.

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of poetry books annually through participating publishers.

Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,, Tere Estorino, MDC media relations director, 305-237-3949,, Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,; or Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,

The Center @ MDC media contact: Maria Lanao, Levy Communications, 305-764-3370 ext. 206,

The National Poetry Series contact: Stephanie Stio,, 609-430-0999.