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|Born||Alejandro Carrión Aguirre
March 11, 1915
|Died||January 4, 1992 (aged 76)
|Notable awards||Maria Moors Cabot prize (New York, 1961), Premio Eugenio Espejo (Ecuador, 1981), XIV Premio Leopoldo Alas 'Clarin' (Barcelona, 1969)|
|Relatives||Benjamín Carrión (1897–1979), uncle|
Alejandro Carrión Aguirre (11 March 1915 – 4 January 1992) was a poet, novelist and journalist. He wrote the novel La espina (1959), the short story book La manzana dañada (1983), and numerous poetry books. As a journalist he published many of his articles under the pseudonym "Juan Sin Cielo." In 1956 he founded, along with Pedro Jorge Vera, the political magazine La Calle. He directed the literary magazine Letras del Ecuador. He received the Maria Moors Cabot prize (1961) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as well as the Ecuadorian National Prize Premio Eugenio Espejo (1981) for his body of work. He was the nephew of Benjamín Carrión and Clodoveo Carrión.
Alejandro Carrión wrote articles and political commentary in the following periodicals and newspapers:
A selection of Alejandro Carrión's poetry was recorded in Quito for the Library of Congress in Washington; a copy of that recording is housed at Harvard University's "House of the Poetry". Alejandro told of his emotional reaction to hearing his own words when visiting in the company of the poet Archibald McLeish: "small satisfactions that illuminate the life of a poet."