2018

Gemma Casamajó

Journalist, poet and lecturer

Catalonia

From September 17 to September 23, 2018

Biography —

Gemma Casamajó i Solé is a lecturer in Journalism and Literature at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the UAB; coordinator and lecturer of the Master’s Degree in Literary Journalism, Communication and Humanities (UAB) and lecturer in Poetry at Ateneu Barcelonès School of Writing and at Lleida School of Writing. She has been a literary critic in the newspapers Avui, El Punt, Segre and in the magazines Caracteres and Time Out. She is a member of the Apòstrof cooperative, where she works as a narrator and journalist. She has been the editor of the books of memoirs of Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Dimonis íntims (Ediciones 62, 2014) and Si no corro, caic (Empúries, 2.017).

In 2015 she obtained the Scholarship for the Creation of the Institution of Catalan Letters.

She is the author of the poetry books Bloc de notes (2000), XXII Las Talúries Prize, and Terra campa (2014), V Jordi Pàmias Prize. She is currently writing the poetry book Doméstica Es Domèstica Maragda, for which she has been awarded Montserrat Roig Writing Grant (2018) by the Institute of Culture of Barcelona.

She has also participated in poetry festivals such as La Setmana de la Poesia de Barcelona or Festival Poesia als Parcs de la Diputació de Barcelona.

Project —

During my stay in Faber I will organize a writing workshop (3 hours) for the residents on journalism and poetry. “Where are poetry and journalism? How can literary journalists develop the rhythmic and metaphorical resources used by poets?”. I will also write some poems from my latest book of poetry, Domèstica Maragda, which has received the Montserrat Roig 2018 Scholarship, and I will share the process of creating social poetry with methods of literary journalism.

Finally, to work on a master’s degree project in Literary Journalism, Communication and Humanities at the UAB. After six editions and more than a hundred students, we will be reunited at Faber with some of them who have excelled, returning to their countries —dozens of different countries— in the cultivation of literary journalism. We would like to take this opportunity to lay the foundations for an international network of literary and narrative journalists who work on a project-by-project basis and who can collaborate internationally.