Fuertes, Gloria (1917–1998)

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Fuertes, Gloria (1917–1998)

Spanish poet. Born in Madrid, Spain, July 28, 1917; died in 1998; youngest of 8 children of working-class parents.

Following Spanish Civil War, published poems and children's stories and read some of her works on the radio; published 1st book of poetry, Isla ignorada (1950); continuing to write and publish, co-founded the poetry journal Arquero (1952); taught Spanish at Bucknell University on a Fulbright grant (1961–63); returned to Spain, teaching Spanish to foreign students in Madrid's International Institute; published Poeta de guardia (1968), one of her best works; began appearing on children's programs on Spanish tv (c. 1970) and was voted both the best writer for children and the children's most popular tv personality; in all, published more than a dozen volumes of poetry and two dozen children's books.

See also Women in World History.