Havana, Aug 29.- The National Literature Prize (1997), Carilda Oliver Labra, died at the age of 96 at his home in the Cuban province of Matanzas.
Known as the Bride of Matanzas, Oliver Labra is considered one of the most outstanding poetesses of Cuba and Latin America, and author of an extensive literary work.
Among her prolific creation is "South of my throat" (1949), poem reissued six times; "Canto a Martí" (1953); "Canto a Matanzas" (1955); and more recently, "A Woman Writes", and "Lyrical Biography of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz" (2013). She also composed sonnets.
Elegantly and carefully expressed, eroticism is a constant characteristic in several of works, in which her love for her hometown, Matanzas, is clearly expressed.
Multiple awards and recognitions endorsed the prolific literary career of the writer, as an award obtained in the International Poetry Competition, organized by the National Broadcasting Co. of New York, United States (1947).
She was also awarded the National Prize for the Hispanic American Competition of the American Athenaeum in Washington, on the occasion of the tercentenary of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1951), the year in which she was awarded the Centennial Commemorative Medal of the Cuban Flag.
At that time, the poetess also received the Second Prize for the National Award 'Henández Catá', for the story "La modelo" (The Model); wrote and published in 1953 Canto a Martí for the centenary of the birth of the Apostle and with this work he won the National Prize of the contest.
The writer was declared Eminent Daughter of the Athens of Cuba in 1954.
In March 2018 she received the Excelencias Award for her life time work, a prize that in Cuba recognizes personalities, organizations and institutions that promote the development of the island in various sectors.
The author of "Canto a Fidel" treasures about 40 books published and taken to English, French, German and Bulgarian. (Prensa Latina)