domestic defeats


  • Marilar Aleixandre
  • Mary O’Malley



“derrotas domésticas” by Marilar Aleixandre.

Author Biographies

Marilar Aleixandre

Marilar Aleixandre (María Pilar Jiménez Aleixandre) has a forked tongue, split between literature and research on argumentation and critical thinking; both are feminist. She has authored poetry, full of wild thicket (Desmentindo a primavera, Abecedario de árbores, or Desescribindo), and rebellious animals (Ovella descarreirada), which has received awards as the Esquío to Catálogo de velenos, and the Caixanova-PEN 2007 to Mudanzas, a feminist rewriting of the Metamorphoses, reprinted in Mudanzas e outros velenos (Shiftings and other poisons, Galaxia, 2017). Her poetry is translated in several collections. Her fiction has been extensively awarded: the Blanco Amor to As malas mulleres (Galaxia, 2021); the Álvaro Cunqueiro to A Compañía clandestina de contrapublicidade, or the Xerais to Teoría do caos; short stories collection, as Lobos nas illas (in Spanish Lobos en las islas, 2022; Arde) about complex family relationships, and O coitelo en novembro: beware of novelists, you never know who is the author, who the character. She is also author of young adult fiction about conflicts: A expedición do Pacífico (Galician Critics Award 1995), A cabeza de Medusa (in English Head of Medusa, Small Stations Press, 2019), about the social rape after the physical one awarded the Caixa Galicia and White Ravens, or the Raíña Lupa to A filla do minotauro (2018). Since 2017 she is a member of the Real Academia Galega. twitter @MarilarAleix;

Mary O’Malley

Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara and educated at University College Galway. She lived in Lisbon for eight years and taught at the Universidade Nova there. She served several years on the council of Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of the Cuirt International Poetry Festival for eight years. She was the author of its educational programme.  She taught on the MA programmes for Writing and Education in the Arts at NUI Galway for ten years, held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held Residencies in Paris, New York, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick. She has been active in Environmental education for twenty years with a specific interest in the Sea and Bogland, working with a team of marine scientists and musicians. In the early 1990’s, she co-organised a Province wide schools programme, arising out of her work on the organising committee of an international Conference on demilitarisation of the Ocean, held in NUIG. She has published nine books of poetry, including Valparaiso arising out of her Residency on the national marine research ship.  Playing the Octopus and her latest book of poems, Gaudent Angeli are also published by Carcanet. She has also worked on poetry translation from Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. She is a member of Aosdana and has won a number of awards for her poetry.  She writes for RTE Radio and broadcasts her work regularly. She has been Writer-in-Residence at NUI Galway, and the University of Limerick, and has held the Chair of Irish Studies in Villanova University in Philadelphia. She lectures and teaches widely, in the U.S. and Europe, particularly in Paris and in various parts of Spain.   She is working on a collection of essays on place, and a new book of poems. She is being awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Galway University this Summer.




How to Cite

Aleixandre, M., & O’Malley, M. (2021). domestic defeats. ABEI Journal, 23(2), 200-201.