Carmen Boullosa


Carmen Boullosa is a poet, novelist and playwright. She's received numerous awards, among them the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the LiBeraturpreis in Germany, and the Café Gijon Award for Novel. She's received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library (today the Cullman Center). She has been a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and San Diego State University, has held the Andrés Bello chair at NYU and the Reyes chair at the Sorbonne, and was a visiting professor at Columbia and Blaise Pascal. She is part of the faculty of CUNY and forms part of the Nation System of Art Creators in Mexico.

Her most recent publications are the poetry collection La patria insomnia (Hiperión) and the novels El complot de los románticos (Siruela) and Texas (Alfaguara).


  • Carmen Boullosa
    We are hatchets of steel and fire. / We live to reap and illuminate. / With the metal, / we fell the trunk. / With the flame, / we illuminate the cut, / the felling of what we are.