Rui Cóias (Portugal) Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1966, he is graduated in Law at the University of Coimbra, posta-gratuated in law studies in Lisbon, worked as a legal advisor, and also pursutes studies of Philosophy at the University Nova in Lisbon. Poet and essayist, has authored the books “A Função do Geógrafo” (The Role of the Geographer) and “A Ordem do Mundo” (The World`s Order), which immediately earned the public recognition and outlined a very unique path in portuguese poetry in recent years, as reflecting the development of a personal project of understanding the world, the time and the landscape, that is also contextualized in his essay entitled: "The light that brightens the fields: instructions for the origin and structure of the images and knowledge”. His third book entitled “La Nature de La Vie” (The Nature of Life), french/ portuguese bilingual edition, translated by Marie Claire Vromans, sponsored by the Instituto Camões (Portugal) and by the Embassy of Portugal in Brussels, was published in Belgium, and presented at the Transpoesie Festival 2014, in Brussels, organized by EUNIC. His work is receiving international attention and he has earned a name as one of contemporary portuguese poets. In 2015 his book “L `Ordre du Monde” (The World`s Order - L`Ordre du Monde), was published in France, in a french/portuguese bilingual edition, by the renowed french publisher L `Harmattan editions. In 2016 his new book “Europa” (Europe) was published in Portugal, by Tinta da China publishers, which, among other texts, contains a serie of poems about the Great War and the battle of the Somme, France, in 1916. Rui Cóias has been invited to integrate several literary and poetic anthologies both in Portugal as well as abroad, namely in France, Italy and Brazil. Besides french, his work has been translated to english, slovakian and macedonian. He has also been invited to many reputed international poetry festivals. Most recently, he represented Portugal at Transpoesie 2014, in Brussels, and at Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia. He was also the portuguese representant at Capalest (Slovakia), and at Voix Vives de la Mediterranée, in Sète (France), one of the most important poetry festivals in Europe. Rui Cóias is featured poet for the web communities Poetry International Web (Holland) and Poems from the Portuguese (Portugal). He keeps a blog about travelling and literature, and presently lives in Lisbon.