It is our great honor to host Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris for the release of his new book of poems, “Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence” available from Artepoetica. Joining Manuel for this celebration, poets Kelly Thomas and Charles Gabel.
Manuel Iris (Campeche, Mexico, 1983). Poet. He received the “Merida” National award of poetry (Mexico, 2009) for his book Notebook of dreams, and the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional award of poetry for his book The disguises of fire (Mexico, 2014). He coauthored, along with Brazilian poet Floriano Martins, the poetry book Overnight Medley (Brazil, 2014). In 2012, he coordinated the book At the edge of silence: essays about Ali Chumacero. In 2016 two different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The naked light, in Venezuela; and Before the mystery, in El Salvador. Iris has published poetry, essay and translation in magazines and literary journals from Mexico, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Portugal, France, the United States and Angola. His poetry has been included in several Mexican, as well as Latin-American, poetry anthologies. He has also given talks, lectures and poetry readings in literary events, academic conferences and cultural centers of Mexico, the United States and Europe. Manuel Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), a MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati, the city in which he lives.
Kelly Thomas is an award-winning writer, editor, adjunct professor of English (Xavier University) and the founder of Kelly Grace LLC (www.kgrace.co), a copywriting and editing agency that teaches artists and entrepreneurs how to create content that informs and inspires. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Genesis, The Efroymson Anthology and Polly Magazine. Honors include first-place scholarships from the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference as well as a post-graduate fellowship at WordPlay, a creative writing and after-school center. Her chapbook, Mouth Wide Shut, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
Charles Gabel is a poet living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Boise State University, and his recent work can be found in Dreginald, New Delta Review, Alice Blue Review, and Timber. With the poet Erich Schweikher, Charles co-edits the journal Coast/No Coat and he works at the Cincinnati Public Library.