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Virna Teixeira is a Brazilian poet, writer, translator and publisher based in London. She is the editor of independent poetry project Carnaval Press and the literary magazine Theodora.

 

Her poetry books and poetry pamphlets were published in Brazil, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and the UK. Virna has presented her work in several poetry festivals in South America, U.S. and Europe, and has experience as a curator in international poetry festivals in São Paulo and Lisbon. 

In the UK, Virna has read and performed at European Poetry Festival, Xing the Line, HiZero series, Caplet, Ikletik, n.o.where, The Museum of Futures, The Library, Scottish Poetry Library, British Library, The Feminist Library, and at the Brazilian Embassy in London. She performed at sound festival Sonic Waterloo in London with Catalan poet Albert Pellicer. She was guest editor of an special issue on Brazilian feminist writings for magazine Alba Londres #8.

 

In the UK her poetry has been published on Poetry Wales; datableed; The Hollow Earth; ZARF; Painted, Spoken; The Projectionist Playground and The Writers Cafe. In the U.S., her work appeared in Aufgabe; Tigertail, Solitary Plover. Virna's work had several poems published in magazines in Latin America and Portugal. 

As a translator, Virna translates poetry from English, Spanish and French to Portuguese, and from Portuguese to English and Spanish. She published three titles of Scottish poetry in translation in Brazil, the work of Latin American contemporary poets, and has translated Brazilian contemporary poetry into English. Virna has translated the works of several avant-garde international poets to magazines and anthologies, like Lorine Niedecker, Robert Creeley, Lee Harwood, Mina Loy, Jose Kozer, to name some, and published chapbooks of translations of Paul Éluard and Tristan Tzara. 

Virna has been exploring with other expressions through visual arts, mainly digital drawings. Her work can be accessed on Instagram. She has exposed with her work together with Serbian artist Biljana Kosmogina at The Krug in Belgrade in 2022. She participated of the collective exhibition Para-ability organised by SJ Fowler at the Kingston School of Arts in London in 2023. 

Virna trained as a neurologist in Brazil, and now works with psychiatry in the NHS. She is training as Jungian analyst at IGAP in London. She did a MSc in Medical Humanities at King's College London, and recently published the anthology DISEASE (Carnaval Press, 2022), which she organised with poets Ana Seferovic and Rushika Wick.  

Links:

Small press: Carnaval Press
Handmade chapbooks: Arqueria Editorial
Blog (in Portuguese): Papel de Rascunho

Some works online:

Datableed (UK)
The Scrambler (U.S.)
Sibila (Brasil)
Revista Parentêses (Brazil)
Revista Gueto (Brazil)
Enfermaria 6 (Portugal)

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