Joaquim Arena

Joaquim Arena was born on the island of São Vicente in Cape Verde in 1964 and moved with his family to Portugal at age six. He has written two novels, one novella, and the nonfiction work Debaixo da Nossa Pele—Uma Viagem (Under Our Skin—A Journey), which was runner-up and awarded an honorary mention for the INCM/Vasco Graça Moura Prize. A former journalist, he is currently the culture and communications advisor to the president of Cape Verde.


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