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Carmen Gimenez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith, Professor

Carmen Giménez Smith, Professor
Carmen Giménez Smith, Professor

Department of English 
201 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner Street NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7696 |

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.

  • Poetry
  • Lyric Essays
  • Latina Identity
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa
  • B.A. in English, San Jose State University
  • Poetry Editor, The Nation
  • 2017—present
  • Publisher, Noemi Press
  • 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)

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)


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


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)

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