Ana Luísa Amaral (born 1956, Portugal) studied English in Lisbon and wrote a doctoral thesis on Emily Dickinson. She teaches English Literature at the University of Porto.
In her poems she confronts features of the literary tradition that strike her as odd: male dominated poetry and the myths of Western culture. Everyday women's topics often collide with images of biblical origin and Greek myths are retold from a female point of view. Voices from poetry of the past become loud when they relate in her poems not only to her own older poems but also to literary forerunners.
Amaral's debut as a poet was in 1990. Since then she has published seven collections of verse.
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