Myriam Reyes Pena

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Myriam Angélica Reyes Peña was born on the 7th August, 1943 in Temuco, Chile.

In January 1975, due to the military coup, she left for Argentina with her husband, leaving her four children under the care of their grandparents.  Three months later she was reunited with her children in Buenos Aires and proceeded to the United Kingdom, where they were granted political asylum in April 1975.

She started writing in 1976 when she and her family were living in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in the northeast of England.  That first material, written from 1976 to 1981, was lost during a trip to Mozambique.

From 1978 to 1982 while living in Dundee, Scotland, Myriam Angélica obtained the Certificate of Proficiency in English, Cambridge University, in 1977, the Certificate of Teacher of Adults from Tayside Regional Department of Education, Scotland in 1978 and the Scottish Business Studies Certificate, specialising in Tourism, in 1979.

She did the Bachelor of Arts, General Degree, at Stirling University, Scotland, graduating in 1982.  She read English Literature (literary criticism) and Psychology as main subjects; Spanish Literature and Education as minor subjects.

In 1981 she met her second husband, at Stirling University. They married in 1991.  There were no children from this marriage.

From 1983 to 1987 Myriam Angélica, her second husband and two of her children lived in México, one year in Veracruz and three years in Guaymas, Sonora.

Myriam Angélica returned to the United Kingdom in January 1988 where she remained until 2003.

Due to health problems, she retired and returned to Chile in 2003.

She now lives three kilometers away from Algarrobo, Chile, a coastal town in the V Región, very near Isla Negra and Cartagena, towns well known because of the famous poets who have lived in them: Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra, among others.

In October 2009 she started the transcription of her work to the computer and to participate in various literary forums on the Internet.  Her work has received recognition: her poem, Under the Scent of the Guayabo Tree, received the award to New Talent in August, 2009, at mundopoesia.  The Colour of Hate; Wind; Coming Back, have been mentioned as outstanding texts at Rincón del Arte & la Literatura in September 2009.  At the literary forum mandalas.ning, her poem Historical Fact was awarded a nomination as outstanding poem.

Soon she was invited to contribute her poems to an anthology: Odisea de un Verso which was printed in the USA by, on sale at Lulu, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Her work has also been published in an anthology produced by Lyrs Editores by invitation from the Spanish writer Nuria de Espinosa, in Barcelona.  It is on sale under the name: Alma de Poetas.

More of her poems written in English and Spanish, including an anthology of poems are to be published by the Indie Authors Press.