Núria Mina-Riera was born in Barbens (Lleida) in 1989. She became interested in poetry during primary school and soon started to write her own poems. Having continued to write poetry through secondary school, she was awarded Enric Farreny’s 2007 prize for poetry in the category of baccalaureate.
She then pursued her studies in English Philology at the University of Lleida, graduating in 2011, and studied a Master’s Degree in English Secondary School Teaching at the same university. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate of contemporary Canadian poetry at the University of Lleida . Her dissertation analyses the process of formation of “the late style” in Lorna Crozier’s works from an interdisciplinary approach of aging and ecocritical studies.
She is a research collaborator of the research group GrupDedal-Lit, in association with the SIforAge project, and a member of the European Network in Ageing Studies (ENAS). As a lecturer at the Department of English and Linguistics of the University of Lleida — a position she has held since the academic year 2012-2013 —, she teaches English language in the Teacher-Training programme for future English teachers, and English poetry and Canadian and Australian culture to English-Studies undergraduates.
Her publications include the book chapter entitled “The Beginning of Lorna Crozier’s Late-Style: A Thematic Change in the Symbol of Snow.” Literary Creativity and the Older Woman Writer: A Collection of Critical Essays. Eds. Núria Casado, Emma Domínguez, and Brian Worsfold. Bern: Peter Lang, 2016. [forthcoming – in press] and the WAM Summer School 2015 conference proceedings paper, “The Ageing Experience Shaping the Portrayal of Place in Lorna Crozier’s Poetry.” Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media 2 (2015): 84-9. Web. In addition, she presented a paper in the following age-related conference: “Lorna Crozier’s Portrayal of Identity in Later Life in Small Mechanics.” 8th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology 2nd Conference of the European Network in Ageing Studies (ENAS), National University of Ireland, Galway, 10-12 April 2014. She has also been accepted an abstract entitled “An Introductory Approach to the Portrayal of Ageing in Carol Rumens’ and Lorna Crozier’s Poetry,” to participate in the 13th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), which is going to be held in Galway (Ireland) from 22 to 26 August 2016.
As regards ecocriticism, the papers she has presented at conferences are: “The Persona’s Communion with Nature in Lorna Crozier’s Small Mechanics”. ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference, “Green Knowledge”. University of Cambridge. 2-4 setembre 2015; and “The Interplay between the Local and the Global in Lorna Crozier’s Nature Poetry.” 37th APEAA Conference. Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 21-23 March 2016.
Keywords that summarize my research: Life-course studies, aging, ecocriticism, contemporary poetry, Canada.