Carmen Giménez Smith

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Carmen Giménez Smith
Carmen Giménez Smith at 2012 Fall for the Book
Carmen Giménez Smith at 2012 Fall for the Book
Born (1971-02-20) February 20, 1971 (age 48)
New York City
Alma materSan Jose State University; Iowa Writers' Workshop

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


Giménez Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is currently a professor in English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.[1] She also teaches in Bennington College's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.[2] Giménez Smith is the founder and publisher of Noemi Press, and she is a founding fellow and co-director of CantoMundo.[3] In the fall of 2017, Giménez Smith became editor of The Nation's Poetry Section, alongside Stephanie Burt.[4]

In 2009, Giménez Smith was named to Poetry Society of America's biennial New American Poets Series.[5] In 2011, she was named a Howard Foundation Fellow in Creative Nonfiction;[6] her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, received an American Book Award;[7] and her third collection of poems, Goodbye, Flicker, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry.[8] Milk and Filth was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.[9]



Poetry collections[edit]

  • Be Recorder (Minneapolis, Graywolf Press, 2019). ISBN 9781555978488
  • Odalisque in Pieces (Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 2009). ISBN 9780816527885
  • The City She Was (Ft. Collins, Center for Literary Publishing, 2011). ISBN 9781457111723
  • Goodbye, Flicker (Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). ISBN 9781558499492
  • Milk and Filth (Tucson, The University of Arizona Press, 2013). ISBN 9780816521166
  • Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17 (City Lights, 2018) ISBN 978-0872867581


Edited anthologies[edit]


  • Glitch (Zurich, Dusie Kollectiv, 2010)
  • Reason's Monster (Zurich, Dusie Kollectiv, 2011)
  • Can We Talk Here (New York, Belladonna Books, 2011)
  • Jokey Poems Up to Ten (Zurich, Dusie Kollectiv, 2013)


  1. ^ "Carmen Gimenez Smith". Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Faculty page at Bennington College". Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "CantoMundo Growing Leadership Team | CantoMundo". Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Harvard poet Stephanie Burt's new volume explores gender, memory". Harvard Gazette. November 3, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Series". Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "Howard Foundation Fellows". Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Smith, Carmen Giménez (September 8, 2010). "Carmen Giménez Smith". Carmen Giménez Smith. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2011 JUNIPER PRIZES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 23, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "Our talk with prolific poet, author and publisher Carmen Giménez Smith". NBC News. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.

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