Carmen Gimenez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith

Professor

Office

201 Shanks Hall 
181 Turners St NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-7696

Email

Department Membership

English

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Expertise

  • Poetry
  • Lyric Essays
  • Latina Identity

Professional Activities

  • Poetry Editor, The Nation
  • 2017—present
  • Publisher, Noemi Press

Education

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa
  • B.A. in English, San Jose State University

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, for Milk and Filth (2013)
  • Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker (2012)
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction (2011–12)
  • American Book Award for Bring Down the Little Birds (2010)
  • Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Series (2009)

Selected Publications

Poetry Collections

  • Cruel Futures (City Lights, 2018)
  • Milk and Filth (The University of Arizona Press, 2013)
  • Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012)
  • The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011)
  • Odalisque in Pieces (The University of Arizona Press, 2009)

Memoir

Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (The University of Arizona Press, 2010)

Anthologies

Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, edited with John Chávez (Counterpath Press, 2014)

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited with Kate Bernheimer (Penguin, 2010)

Additional Information

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of five poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. She was awarded an American Book Award for her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds (2010) and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker (2012). She also coedited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (2014), an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing. Be Recorder will be published by Graywolf Press in 2019. She now serves on the planning committee for CantoMundo and on the board of RASA, which sponsors the Thinking Its Presence conference on race and art. She serves as the publisher of Noemi Press. She is also the poetry editor for The Nation.