Luis Alberto Ambroggio (Argentina 1945, lives in the US since 1967) is a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, PEN and numerous literary institutions. With awards, recognitions, twenty collections of poems published to date contain his poetry that spans almost half a century of creation: Poemas de amor y vida (1987), Hombre del aire (1992), Oda ensimismada (1992), Poemas desterrados (1995), The Poet’s Inhabitants (1997), In Case of Dawn: War Songs (1997), The Witness Strips Naked (2002), Labyrinths of Smoke (2005), The Three Husbands of the Night (2005), The Nudity of Astonishment (2009 ) and the bilingual English-Spanish anthology Difficult Beauty. Selected Poems 1987-2006 (2009), La arqueología del viento (2011: 2013 International Latino Best Book Award), Homenaje al Camino/Tribute to the Road (2014), Todos somos Whitman / We are all Whitman (2016), En el Garden of the winds. Poetic work 1974-2014 (2014, critical edition of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, Carlos Paldao and Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, eds., selected as one of the best books of 2014 in Infobae, Argentina), Posthumous Principles (2017) . Nominated in 2015 for the Reina Sofía International Poetry Prize. Anthologies: Argentina in Verse (1996), co-editor of the anthology Al pie de la Casa Blanca. Hispanic poets from Washington, DC (2010), From blue to Red. Voices of Nicaraguan poets XXI century (2011). Translation: Ginza Samba (2014) bilingual version of Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s Selected Poetry, American Poet Laureate Anthology (2018).
In addition to English, her poems have been partially translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Turkish and Romanian, and are part of published and virtual anthologies, numerous magazines, cultural supplements and literature texts, among others. They include the 21st Century Poetry Show, Cool Salsa, DC Poets Against the War, Poetic Voices without Boundaries, Hispanic Culture Review, Scholastic, International Poetry Review, The Chicago Tribune and El Universal de Caracas.
His essays and research, which appear in books such as Estados Unidos Hispano (2015), magazines and volumes of literary criticism, such as the Enciclopedia del Español de los Estados Unidos, have specialized in the themes of identity and bilingualism, the poetry of the United States written in Spanish and in that of great figures such as Borges, Vallejo, Rubén Darío, which has earned him his appointment as Honorary Member of the Rubén Darío Institute and Cultural Heritage of León, Nicaragua, of the Circle of Writers of Venezuela, of the Argentine Society of Arts, Letters and Sciences; awards such as the Trilce Prize, the Simón Bolívar Prize, the Fulbright Hays Scholarship, the Order of the Discoverers of the Hispanic National Honor Society, the Doctorate Honoris Causa in Tel-Aviv, Israel and the nomination as adopted son of the birth city of César Vallejo.
Invited by private and official organizations, universities and National Libraries, he has participated in literary meetings in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. The North American Academy of the Spanish Language has honored him with the publication of the book El Cuerpo y la Letra. The poetics of Luis Alberto Ambroggio (2008), edited by Mayra Zeleny, among other publications on his work.
His poems, which are studied in colleges and universities, appear in such literary texts as Encounters (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1997), Literature Passages (McGraw-Hill, 1998), Bridges to Literature (McDougal Littell, 2002 ), Breaking down barriers (Social Awareness Collection, ZB Zaner Bloser, 2007). His poetry has been selected for the Archives of Hispanic-American Literature of the US Library of Congress.