Ana Lamela Rey


Ana Lamela Rey studied literature, art, and music at the University of Oviedo in Spain. Her first book, Zebra (2013), combines poetry with the photographs of Tino Fernández and illustrations by Laura Fernández Blanco. The poems in this second issue of AzonaL are drawn from La exhibicionista (The Exhibitionist) (Ediciones Gravitaciones, 2014), which features confessional meditations on experiences of loss and grief. She is also the author of a children’s book about adoption, La estrella Nigeria y otros cuentos sobre adopción (The Nigerian Star and Other Tales about Adoption) (Suburbia Ediciones y Asturadop, 2015). In 2016, she released an audiobook also titled La exhibicionista (The Exhibitionist) (Editorial Marbas AACC) featuring original songs based on the poems from the chapbook. Her second major chapbook, La Otra (The Other) (PI Ediciones, 2019) explores self-other relationships among women. Lamela Rey continues to teach theater and literature to children in Gijón where she lives with her two daughters. She also frequently performs and programs musical and literary events as part of Musa Cafeina, an artist collective she co-founded in 2012. This is the first time her work has appeared in translation.