Guillermo Valencia (29 October, 1873 – 8 July, 1943) was an poet, and translator from Colombia who also dabbled in politics.
Fun Facts about Guillermo Valencia:
- Born in Popayán, Colombia as Guillermo Valencia Castillo. He lost his parents at the age of eight.
- In 1899 Guillermo Valencia published his first volume of poetry titled Ritos (Rites). The volume included original poems, as well as ones he translated from Portuguese, Italian, and French.
- Valencia also ran a poetry magazine titled Magazine Paginas de Anarkos. This magazine was a very prestigious publication in its time.
- In 1908 Mr. Valencia married Josefina Muñoz Muñoz. The couple had five children.
- As he got older, he stopped writing original poems and focused on translations.
- As a politician and statesman, he ran twice to be the President of Colombia, but lost both times.
- and Mrs. Valencia’s children include Colombian President Guillermo León Valencia, and Josefina Valencia Muñoz, Governor of Cauca.
- Pedro Felipe Valencia López, the poet’s grandson is a Colombian politician.
- His house in Popayán is a museum in Mr. Valencia’s honor.
- Colombia’s national poetry prize is named in his honor.
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