Friday, September 05, 2014

Manuel Iris, Premio Regional de Poesía Rodulfo Figueroa 2014



  Amigos, 

Dejo la nota que el Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro ha hecho sobre esta buena noticia, y les mando un abrazo, celebrando.


Nos alegra anunciarles que el poeta Manuel Iris, autor de Cuaderno de los sueños (2009) y compilador de En la orilla del silencio, ensayos sobre Alí Chumacero (2012), ambos editados por el Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro, se ha hecho acreedor del Premio Regional de Poesía Rodulfo Figueroa 2014, otorgado por el gobierno de Chiapas. Dicha convocatoria fue emitida para poetas nacidos o residentes en los estados de Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Tabasco y Chiapas (en esta ocasión igual estuvo abierto a poetas guatemaltecos).

Los disfraces del fuego es el título de la obra galardonada, ésta fue suscrita bajo el seudónimo “Amanuense”. Cabe destacar que el jurado del premio estuvo compuesto por los poetas Carmen Villoro, Jorge Esquinca y Luis Armenta Malpica.

El premio Rudolfo Figueroa tiene una bolsa de 60 mil pesos, y la calidad y trayectoria de sus jurados en las distintas ediciones respaldan este intachable certamen.

Iris, quien naciera en Campeche (1983) pero que prácticamente toda su vida ha residido en Yucatá, tiene una larga trayectoria en las letras, ha publicado poesía, ensayo y traducción en revistas como Tierra Adentro (México), Asymptote (Estados Unidos), Triplo V (Portugal), Casa de las Américas (Cuba), Sibila (España) o Mapocho (Chile); además su obra ha sido incluida en antologías, como la binacional de poesía Postal de Oleaje, poetas mexicanos y colombianos nacidos en los 80, publicada al mismo tiempo en México y Colombia. Obtuvo las becas: “Charles Phelps Taft”  de la Universidad de Cincinnati en 2012, y del PECDA del estado de Campeche, en la categoría jóvenes creadores,  en el 2013.


Como académico, es licenciado en Literatura latinoamericana por la UADY, Maestro en Literatura Hispanoamericana por la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México (EEUU), Doctor en Lenguas Romances por la Universidad de Cincinnati (EEUU), y es igualmente miembro del Seminario de investigación sobre poesía mexicana contemporánea de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Igualmente, pueden consultarse las siguientes notas:


Poeta campechano gana importante premio

El yucateco Manuel Iris gana premio de poesía de la región sur

Manuel Iris gana Premio Regional de Poesía




Poemas de Manuel Iris publicados en Angola


Queridos amigos,




Ahora quiero platicarles que la Revista Cultura,Jornal Angolano de Artes e Letras publicó la versión portuguesa de varios poemas míos, lo cual por supuesto me llena de alegría. Les muestro aquí uno de los poemas, titulado Para brindar ahora



Para brindar agora


Homenagem a Pedro Lastra.
Para Raúl Diego y Denis Pech.


Depois diremos que fomos jovens,
que fomos de avião buscar palavras
e raparigas novas.
Que nos sentámos
com a beleza nos joelhos, achámo-la amarga
e a injuriámos.
Depois diremos que fomos mercenários
de ruas largas de vinho farto.
Diremos que despertámos alegres.
Que uma manhã desnudámos a poesia
e ali, frente ao seu corpo irregular e enorme
difícil de semear
tivemos o medo e o desejo
de que tudo
terminasse.
Diremos
que nos conformámos
com fazer literatura:
quisemos armar pedras
quisemos fundar tigres
quisemos construir um templo de cinza
e alimentar a sua fogueira.
Depois diremos
que deixámos a linguagem, que não nos fez falta
e partiremos, velhos e cansados
calando-nos porque tudo
é uma grande mentira.

Cincinnati, Ohio. Dezembro de 2008.


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour



Thanks to Lisa Ampleman for inviting me to participate in the chain-letter Internet crisscross blog tour about our writing processes.




Lisa is the author of the poetry collection Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and the chapbookI’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012), winner of the Wick chapbook competition. Her poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and in literary journals, including 32 Poems, Cave Wall, Cimarron Review, Image, Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, Natural Bridge, New Ohio Review, New South, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Sugar House Review.
Lisa holds a BA from Beloit College, an MFA from George Mason University, and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She was the Mona Van Duyn Scholar in Poetry at the 2013 Sewanee Writers Conference and is the recipient of two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes. She is a Mullin Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC from 2013-15.
Lisa has also taught at Fontbonne University in St. Louis and served as associate editor of the Cincinnati Review. She is currently an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly and lives in Ohio.

Here are my answers to the tour’s questions:


1)   What are you working on?

I recently finished writing a new book called “The Disguises of Fire”. It was a very consuming process that took me out of my comfort zone to explore other parts of myself, my voice, and interest. I think it represents a different side of me and is different from my other works. I will probably take a short break from writing poetry and focus on reading, listening and living-inspiration for future writing. However, I am still writing essays and working on other projects, including anthologies, for several Mexican printing houses.

2)   How does your work differ from others’ work in the same genre?

I believe that when you are truly yourself and express yourself in what you do, it is unavoidable to be different. My obsession with music is apparent in my work. My sense of rhythm is recognizable. Music is a part of my poetic process. More recently, the idea that everything is the repetition of an ancient archetype, is very strong in my work.

3) Why do you write what you do?

Poetry is the only kind of writing that I feel I have the expressive need to fulfill. However, I believe in impurity, and my poems are very often affected by narrative, essayistic prose, music and even visual art references.     

4)   How does your writing process work?

First, I feel the need to say something. Sometimes, I don’t even know what that something is, but I know that the poem will make it clear to me. Then I have, not a word, but a sound that comes to mind, a rhythm that becomes a word that attracts other words to make a verse. Then I see the idea and start wrestling with the words, the sounds, the melody and the meaning, to make the poem, the final product. As it is easy to imagine, I am a very slow wrtiter.


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Please, read this wonderful poems by Lisa Ampleman