Authors birthdays: May

José Craveirinha (28 May 1922 – 6 February 2003) was a Mozambican journalist, story writer and poet, who is today considered the greatest poet of Mozambique. His poems, written in Portuguese, address such issues as racism and the Portuguese colonial domination of Mozambique.

A supporter of the anti-Portuguese group FRELIMO during the colonial wars, he was imprisoned in the 1960s. He was one of the African pioneers of the Négritude movement, and published six books of poetry between 1964 and 1997. Craveirinha also wrote under the pseudonyms Mário Vieira, José Cravo, Jesuíno Cravo, J. Cravo, J.C., Abílio Cossa, and José G. Vetrinha.

Books published

  • Chigubo (poetry). Lisbon: Casa dos Estudantes do Império, 1964; 2d ed. Maputo: INLD, 1980.
  • Cantico a un dio di Catrame (poetry, bilingual Portuguese–Italian). Translation and preface by Joyce Lussu. Milan, Italy: Lerici, 1966.
  • Karingana ua karingana (poetry, “Era uma vez”). Lourenço Marques [Maputo]: Académica, 1974; 2d ed. Maputo: INLD, 1982.
  • Cela 1 (poetry). Maputo: INLD, 1980.
  • Izbranie (selected works, in Russian). Moscow, USSR: Molodoya Gvardiya, 1984.
  • Maria (poetry). Lisbon, Portugal: ALAC (África Literatura Arte e Cultura), 1988.
  • Voglio essere tamburo (poetry). Venezia, Italia: Centro Internazionale della grafica di Venezia – Coop, 1991.
  • Babalaze das Hienas (poetry). Maputo: AEMO, 1997.
  • Hamina e outros contos (poetry). Maputo: Njira, 1997.
  • Contacto e outras crónicas. Maputo: Centro Cultural Português, 1999
  • Poesia Toda (poetry). Lisboa, Portugal: Caminho, 2000.
  • Obra Poética (poetry). Maputo: UEM, 2002.
  • Dikter (poetry). Stockholm: Ordfront, 2002.
  • Poemas da Prisão (poetry). Maputo: Njira, 2003.
  • Poesia Erótica (poetry). Maputo: Texto Editores, 2004

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  • Olivia Ward Bush-Banks – 23 May 1869 –died 1944
  • Patrick Cullinan – 25 May 1933 – died 14 April 2011
  • Jay Wright – 25 May 1935
  • Jamaica Kincaid – 25 May 1949
  • Joyce Carol Thomas – 25 May 1938
  • Dan Roodt – 26 May 1957
  • Glória de Sant’Anna – 26 May 1925 –died 2 June 2009
  • Victoria Earle Matthews – 27 May 1861 –died 10 March 1907
  • José Craveirinha – 28 May 1922 -died 6 February 2003
  • Robert Lee Allen – 29  May 1942
  • André Brink – 29 May 1935
  • Larry Dell Alexander – 30 May 1953
  • Countee Cullen – 30 May 1903 – died 9 January 1946
  • Mary Watson – 31 May 1975
  • Amadou Koné – May 1953
  • Al Young – 31 May 1939
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