downloadBlobPoet Juan Gelman has passed away. He was 83-years-old.

Gelman established his writing career by working as a journalist and writing more than 20 volumes of poetry. According to The Telegraph, Gelman (pictured, via) published his first poem when he was 11-years-old.

In 2007, the Ministry of Culture of Spain crowned him the winner of a lifetime achievement award, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize. In addition to his writing, NPR reports that Gelman became well known in his native Argentina for speaking out against the country’s “‘dirty war’ of the ’70s and ’80s.” (via Entertainment Weekly)