Juvencio Valle, also known by the pseudonym Gilberto Concha Riffo , was a noted Chilean poet. He is a recipient of the Premio Nacional de Literatura de Chile, a National Prize awarded to poets of high achievement.
Valle was born in Villa Almagro, Nueva Imperial in 1900. He studied at a primary school in his native town but at the age of 11 , his family moved to Temuco where he studied at a grammar school, also attended by Pablo Neruda. In 1918, he travelled for the first time to the Chilean capital of Santiago, where he remained for two years; and began to develop an ability for writing poetry. In 1932, his time spent in Santiago was reflected in his work. In 1938 he travelled to Spain, and became active in the Ercilla magazine. He later returned to Chile and in 1941 won a contest of the Municipality of Santiago, with his book Nimbo de piedra , dedicated to the four hundred years of the city.
Valle later travelled to Romania, the Soviet Union, and other countries of eastern Europe and to Cuba. In 1966 he received the National Prize of Literature (Premio Nacional de Literatura de Chile).
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