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Rita Espeschit

An established writer and journalist in Brazil, Rita Espeschit is the author of thirteen literature books for children published in Portuguese, and the co-author of a series of eight Portuguese language-arts textbooks for children in grades one to eight. Rita is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Jabuti National Prize (the most important literary prize in Brazil), and the Coca-Cola Environmental Award for Children’s Theatre (for the play Terra azul!, presented at UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992). She’s also the author of staged plays and the screenwriter of videos for children. One of these videos, “Erehe Krenak”, is an animated movie selected to Havana’s International Film Festival in 1999.

Rita left a senior position as an editor with a Brazilian publishing house to move to Canada in 2001. Since then, she began to build her career in Alberta. Her play, They’re Not Like You and Me, was produced at the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids in Edmonton. She won first prize in the Poetry by New Canadians competition, for the poem A Guide for an ESL-Friendly Language. She is a contributor to the book The Story that Brought Me Here (Brindle & Glass, 2008), and had poems appearing in WestWord Magazine, Other Voices Journal of the Literary Arts and Take the Poetry Route (a project by ETS and Edmonton Council for the Arts that displays poems on transit vehicles in Edmonton). She is Edmonton’s PEN Canada Writer in Exile for 2008/2009.

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