Manuel Iris


Manuel Iris (1983) is a Mexican poet living in the United States. He is the current poet laureate of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. He received the Mérida national poetry prize (Mexico, 2009) for his book Cuaderno de sueños [Notebook of dreams], and the Rodulfo Figueroa regional poetry prize for his book Los disfraces del fuego [The disguises of fire]. His first bilingual book, Traducir el silencio/Translating Silence, was published in New York, and won awards in two different categories of the International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles, California in 2018.


  • man and child walking, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
    Before we became parents, my wife and I lived in a two-bedroom apartment for a few years. One of the bedrooms was my office. It was the first time I had a physical space entirely devoted to my writing...
  • Manuel Iris
    The confinement from which I write is at the same time both a sentence and a luxury. Like many other people across the entire world, I have spent several months without leaving the house in order to p...

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