A prolific and multifaceted writer and scholar, Luis Alberto de Cuenca possesses one of Spain’s most distinctive poetic voices. As a self-described “pop poet,” he explores the expressive resources of the conversational register by making use of a variety of materials: comic books, cartoons, Hollywood movies, slang, urban culture. Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, Cuenca has been a major influence on younger Spanish poets. In 2015 he received the Premio Nacional de Poesía for his book, Cuaderno de vacaciones (“Vacation Notebook”). From 1996 to 2000 he was the Director of Spain’s national library and in 2021 won the prestigious Premio Internacional de Poesía Federico García Lorca.