Carmen Giménez Smith

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Carmen Giménez Smith
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Carmen Giménez Smith at 2012 Fall for the Book
Born (1971-02-20) February 20, 1971 (age 43)
New York City
Alma mater San Jose State University; Iowa Writers' Workshop
Genre Poetry

Carmen Giménez Smith (born February 20, 1971 in New York City) is an American poet, writer and editor.


Giménez Smith earned a BA from San Jose State University and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is currently an assistant professor in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University.[1] She also teaches in Ashland University's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.[2] Giménez Smith serves as publisher of Noemi Press and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol,[3][4] and she holds a seat on the editorial committee at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.[5]

In 2009, Giménez Smith was named to Poetry Society of America's biennial New American Poets Series.[6] In 2011, she was named a Howard Foundation Fellow in Creative Nonfiction;[7] her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, received an American Book Award;[citation needed] and her third collection of poems, Goodbye, Flicker, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry.[8]



Poetry collections[edit]


Fiction anthology[edit]

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


  • Glitch (Zurich, Dusie Kollectiv, 2010)
  • Reason's Monster (Zurich, Dusie Kollectiv, 2011)
  • Can We Talk Here (New York, Belladonna Books, 2011)


  1. ^ "Faculty page at New Mexico State University". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Faculty page at Ashland University". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Faculty page at New Mexico State University". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Masthead at Noemi Press". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Committees page at VIDA". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Series". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Howard Foundation Fellows". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2011 JUNIPER PRIZES". Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Admin (January 14, 2014). "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 

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