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Jose Watanabe

Jose Watanabe was a Peruvian poet who won a number of literary awards.

Watanabe was born in Laredo, a large sugar cane farm in northern Peru. His father was a Japanese immigrant and his mother was a Peruvian of Andean origin. In a very intimate way, Watanabe fused his two deep cultural backgrounds in brief but intense poetic work.

In 1970, Watanabe shared, with Antonio Cilloniz, first prize in the "Young Poet" contest organized by "Cuadernos trimestrales de Poesia." This award has also been bestowed upon poets such as Javier Heraud and Cesar Calvo. He won the award ''Young Poet ...

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