Carmen Gimenez Smith

Poet Information

Carmen Gimenez Smith

About the Poet

Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including Cruel Futures (City Lights, 2018); Milk and Filth (2013), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. She is the author of the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (University of Arizona Press, 2010), which received an American Book Award. She also co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath Press, 2014).

She is the founder of Noemi Press and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the Hermitage Foundation. Her most recent collection, Be Recorder (Graywolf Press, 2019), was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship Prize in 2020.

Giménez Smith is chair of the planning committee for CantoMundo and is the publisher of Noemi Press. A professor of English at Virginia Tech she is also a poetry editor of The Nation, with Stephanie Burt.

From the Author's website


West Central

Virginia City or County Affiliation

Blacksburg, Virginia

Current City/State of Residence

Blacksburg, Virginia




Not Specified

Year of Birth


Published Works or Performances

Poetry Books

  • Be Recorder. Graywolf Press, 2019.
  • Cruel Futures: City Lights Spotlight Series No. 17. 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. University of Arizona Press, 2009.


  • Bring Down the Little Birds. University of Arizona Press, 2010

Edited Anthologies

  • Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ writing, edited with John Chavez. Counterpath, 2014.
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited with Kate Bernheimer. Penguin, 2010.


  • Jokey Poems Up to Ten. Dusie Kollectiv, 2013.
  • Can We Talk Here. Belladonna Books, 2011.
  • Reason's Monster. Dusie Kollectiv, 2011.
  • Glitch. Dusie Kollectiv, 2010.

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