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Kirmen Uribe was born in 1970 in Ondarroa, in the province of Vizcaya in Spain 's Basque Country. After receiving his university degree in Basque philology, he has done postgraduate work in Comparative Literature in Trento, Italy, and has worked as a teacher, translator, and scriptwriter. He has published essays, stories, poems, and comics, and has written lyrics for many Basque musical groups. He has translated the poetry of Raymond Carver, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Mahmud Darwish, and Wislawa Szymborska, among others. In collaboration with the musicians Mikel Urdangarin and Bingen Mendizabal, he worked on a multimedia project - combining poetry/prose, video, music, and oral history - that was documented in the CD-book Bar Puerto. His theatre piece Ekidazu has been produced by groups Oskorri and Kukubiltxo. His first collection of poems, Bitartean heldu eskutik (Meanwhile Hold Hands), won Spain 's 2001 Premio de la Crítica, and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.