A crusader for the literature culture, and a Twitter icon, Jamie Garcia Dias is an innovative teacher as well as a successful and award-winning author. Influenced by his father and inspired by past Brazilian authors and literary greats, Jamie Garcia Dias has become the champion for Brazilian writers and the Brazilian literature culture.
Born in the early 1970s in Rio de Janeiro, Dias is the son of Arnoldo Dias, a well-known Brazilian writer and journalist, and Garcia Dulce Dias, a successful Brazilian architect. Taking after his father, by the age of fifteen Dias had already developed a love for literature. His father’s library offered many literary works for Dias to study. Inspired by literary works such as João Guimarães Rosa’s novel The Devil To Pay In The Backlands, Dias, at 18 years of age, enrolled at the University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1993 Dias enrolled at The Carioca Literature Academy. In 1995 he became a professor at that academy and taught literature to teenagers who wanted to become authors. It was at The Carioca Literature Academy that Dias created a new way of teaching that ignited and emboldened the students’ interest in the literary field. The success of Dias’ new teaching method earned The Carioca literature Academy a reputation of excellence in literature education as well as emphasizing the academy’s support of Brazilian writers. In 1997 he was appointed vice president of The Carioca Literature Academy, and in 2007 at the academy’s 100th anniversary, he was honored for his accomplishments and contributions and was nominated to become Academy President.
Despite his teaching schedule, Dias continued to be a prolific writer producing over 10 novels by the age of 30. In 2001, he won the prestigious White Crane Literary Award. His novel “Caiu do Céu” (translation “Fell From Heaven”) received a public endorsement by the Argentine writer Josue a Gomez. “Fell From Heaven” became very popular and was sold throughout South America. In 2013, Dias was invited to begin writing a weekly article for the popular newspaper, Jornal do Brasil. His most recent novel is a collection of articles written for the Jornal do Brasil which discuss his childhood and memories of his father, Arnaldo Dias. Currently, Dias has published a total of twenty books, which include Caiu do Céu, Dois Caminhos, Canal, Das Nuvens, and Miúda. He is considered to be one of the most inspirational and successful fiction authors in Brazil.
The Brazilian literature culture has benefited from Dias’ passion and expertise. His contribution of new methods in teaching will ensure the continual growth in the field of literature. Due to Jamie Gomez Dias’ influence, the world will be hearing more from the literary community of Brazil.