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PUB.UNIT Presents: Poet, Editor Carmen Giménez Smith

Wednesday, October 30th 2019
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Event Description

The Publications Unit in the Department of English is welcoming poet and editor Carmen Giménez Smith to Illinois State University on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, as part of the PUB.UNIT Presents event series. At the University Galleries (Uptown Station), Giménez Smith will discuss her publishing, writing, and academic roles during an interview and Q&A with Steve Halle. That evening, Giménez Smith will give a public reading from her newest book Be Recorder (Graywolf 2019) at 7 p.m. at the University Galleries. Both events are free and open to the public.


Carmen Giménez Smith an award-winning poet, memoirist, editor, and educator. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including most recently Be Recorder (Graywolf 2019). Giménez Smith is a founding fellow and co-director of CantoMundo, a national organization founded in 2009 that “cultivates a community of Latinx poets through workshops, symposia, and public readings.” She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a winner for the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and the recipient of an American Book Award.

Born in New York, Giménez Smith is the daughter of South American immigrants and she earned her undergraduate degree in English from San Jose State University and her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. She has served as editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol, and she has held a seat on VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Currently, Giménez Smith is the publisher of Noemi Press, a 501 (c)(3) literary arts organization, which has published over 40 full-length collections of poetry and fiction since its founding in 2002. A Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, she is also the current editor of The Nation’s poetry section, alongside Stephanie Burt.

Giménez Smith’s work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity–the ways in which identity is inherited and constructed/reconstructed—and frequently references myth and memory.

In the spirit of the English studies model of the Department of English at ISU, which embraces the inherent interdisciplinarity of the field, PUB.UNIT Presents, sponsored by the Publications Unit, hosts noted writers-who-are-editors/editors-who-are-writers to talk about how embracing those dual roles impacts their work and careers.

This event is generously sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation and the Illinois State University Foundation Fund.


If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


University Galleries
11 Uptown Circle #103
Normal, IL
(309) 438-5487