Therese Pace

Therese Pace is an award-winning Maltese poet raised in the countryside of Rabat, Malta and now living in Birkirkara, the center of this Mediterranean island. She is the author of two poetry collections in her native language, one of which, Arpeggi (Harrild Press, 2003), was awarded the Malta National Book Award in 2004. She has also written Sfumature (Edizioni Nuovi Poeti, 2009), a poetry collection in the Italian language; Naqraw u Nirrimaw (Agius & Agius, 2009), a set of six storybooks in Maltese for elementary schoolchildren; Siltastorja: Tahrig il-Fehem (Wise Owl [co-author], 2010), a comprehension exercise book also in Maltese for elementary school; and Ir-Re tal-Gungla u s-Skiet Misterjuz (FARAXA Publishing, 2014), a short story in Maltese which addresses the issue of fear in young children.


Pace has masterminded a Sonnet Project where, from a master sonnet, she wrote another 14 sonnets, with each line of the master sonnet being the first line of each of the other sonnets. She has also written Phenomenon, a semi-religious poem in nine parts; three one-act plays and composed lyrics for two oratorios. Therese Pace has participated in four international literary projects and her work has been published in various anthologies, on Write Me a Metaphor and Ecumenical World Patriarchate, Tra Le Parole e L’Infinito, Lyrikline, Poetry Ireland / Poetry International and Diogen among others. Some of her writings have been translated into English, Italian, Spanish and Esperanto.


Pace has won various awards in national and international poetry and short story competitions. She is the European Union winner of the 2013 Poetry Ireland / Poetry International Competition and the winner of the 2012 and 2013 National Poetry Contest of the Maltese Poets Association. In the latter contest she was also awarded the Buontempo Trophy as overall winner. Pace was awarded the Nosside Medal and an honorary mention in the 2014 Premio Mondiale di Poesia Nosside. She was also awarded a diploma in the poetry category of the 2014 Premio Letterario Internazionale di Poesia, Racconto e Fotografia "Juan Montalvo." Pace is the winner of the 2007 Concorso Internazionale Poesia e Immagine. She was also awarded first prize and the Premio Critica in the poetry category of the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Tra Le Parole e l-Infinito" in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

 In recognition of her international literary achievements, in 2011 Pace was presented with the Medal of the Maltese Poets Association, an award recognized by the Republic of Malta. In 2014, she was awarded the Unur Birkirkara by the mayor and council of the city in which she lives. Pace is an active member of the Maltese Poets Association and the World Poetry Society.