Manuel Iris (Mexico, 1983). Poet and educator recently named Cincinnati Poet Laureate.
Iris received the National Award of Poetry Merida (Mexico, 2009) for his book “Notebook of Dreams”, and the Regional award of poetry Rodulfo Figueroa for his book “The Disguises of Fire” (Mexico, 2014) which was considered one of the best books of the year by the newspaper El Norte (Mexico, 2015), and finalist of the prestigious Latin-American award for published books “Ciudad de la lira” in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Iris coauthored, along with Brazilian poet Floriano Martins, the poetry book “Overnight Medley” (Brazil, 2014), and editor of the book “At the edge of silence: essays about Ali Chumacero”.
His poetic work has been included in national and international anthologies like Postal del oleage (postcard of the waves) anthology of Mexican and Colombian poets born in the 80s, published simultaneously in Mexico and Colombia; Voces de America Latina (Voices of Latin America) published in NY, For a Better World: Poems of Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati artis, published in Cincinnati, and The Portable Boog Reader 9, an Anthology of Cincinnati and New York poetry, published in New York.
Recently, three different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The Naked Light, in Venezuela; Before the Mystery, in El Salvador, and his first bilingual collection of poetry, Translating Silence/Traducir el silencio, published in New York.
Manuel has given lectures and poetry readings in universities and cultural venues of Mexico, the United States and Europe. Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), an MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati.