Institut Ramon Llull
Martí Sales (born in 1979 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) works as a poet, freelance writer, and translator. He has done a bit of everything: he has played with music groups The Surfing Sirles, and Convergència i Unió; he has studied Comparative Literature; he has been writing for Time Out Barcelona and different art magazines; he has worked as an actor with the Amaranto’s theater company; he was the Director of the International Poetry Festival of Barcelona (together with Eduard Escoffet, 2010-2012). He has lived for some years in Italy, Cuba, and the United States.
Sales has translated the works of John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut, Jim Dodge, Shirley Jackson, and Harold Pinter. He is the author of four books in Catalan: Huckleberry Finn (a collection of poetry published in Catalan in 2005; winner of the Vila de Lloseta Poetry Prize), Dies feliços a la presó (Happy Days in Prison; prose; 2007), Ara és el moment (Now Is the Hour; essays; 2011), and Principi d’incertesa (Uncertainty Principle; prose; 2015). The English translation of Huckleberry Finn by Elisabet Ràfols and Ona Bantjes-Ràfols, published in 2015 by the Canadian publishing house BookThug, is Sales’ first work of poetry translated from Catalan into English.