Joel Neto (b. 1974) is a portuguese author and columnist. He’s written over a dozen books in different genres and reached the portuguese top selling lists with Arquipélago (novel, 2015), A Vida no Campo (diary, 2016), Meridiano 28 (novel, 2018), and A Vida no Campo: Os Anos da Maturidade (diary, 2019), all of them widely welcomed by the critics.
A Vida no Campo was awarded in 2019 the Great Prize for Biographic Literature 2016-2018, promoted by the APE/Portuguese Writers Association.
Joel Neto was born in the Azores islands and moved to Lisbon at the age of 18, in order to study International Affairs in Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas. After 20 years in Lisbon, more than 15 of which working as a reporter and an editor for most of the major newspapers and magazines in Portugal, he went back to his home island in 2012, willing to devote himself entirely to writing.
He’s been living in Terceira Island since then, in the company of his wife, translator Catarina Ferreira de Almeida, and their three dogs. They own a country house and grow their own garden and orchard.
Joel Neto is a columnist for several Lisbon and Oporto media, such as RDP-Antena 1, Diário de Notícias and O Jogo, and has had some of his short stories translated in Spain, Italy and South Corea. Two of his fiction books, Os Sítios Sem Resposta and O Citroën Que Escrevia Novelas Mexicanas, were also published in Brazil. His profile on the football coach José Mourinho, José Mourinho, o Vencedor, was published in England and Poland.
Joel Neto also contributes to a variety of anthologies and literary magazines in Portugal and abroad. He’s travelled the world as a reporter and/or preparing and/or promoting his books in news missions, book tours, book fests, and repérage trips. He maintains active several podcasts.
He’s one of the 46 portuguese writers who authored Bode Inspiratório/Escape Goat, a pamphlet written at the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic, translated to six languages and publish in Portugal in bilingual edition (portuguese and english).
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