West News Wire: Rafael Cadenas, a poet from Venezuela, has received the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary distinction in the Spanish-speaking world.

More than 20 poems and articles have been released by the 92-year-old Cadenas, including the poetry collections “Intemperie” (“Outdoors”), “Amante” (“Lover”), and, most recently, “Contestaciones” (“Answers”), all of which were published in 2018.

On Thursday, the winner was announced by Spain’s Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta.

Last year’s winner was Cristina Peri Rossi, a poet from Uruguay.

Up until recent years, the 125,000-euro ($126,000) prize was split between writers from Spain and Latin America.

In a ceremony that is attended by King Felipe VI, the awards are given out on April 23 on the anniversary of the death in 1616 of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of “Don Quixote.”

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