Ricardo Aleixo was born in 1960 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. He is best known for his poetry’s visual and social characteristics and he is considered one of Brazil’s most innovative contemporary poets. His work mixes several artistic languages, drawing connections between concrete poetry and ethno-poetry. In 2004, Aleixo won a grant from the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (National Library Foundation), and in 2010 he won the Literatura para Todos Award from the Brazilian Ministry of Education. He has since been a finalist for the Portugal Telecom and Jabuti awards, and is a finalist for the 2018 Oceanos Prize. His latest book is Pesado demais para a ventania, published in Brazil by Todavia in 2018.