Carmen Giménez Smith

(1971 / New York City)

Biography of Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith (born February 20, 1971 in New York City) is an American poet, writer and editor.

Giménez Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University and an Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She is currently an assistant professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University. She also teaches in Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Giménez Smith serves as publisher of Noemi Press and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol, and she holds a seat on the editorial committee at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She is married to writer Evan Lavender-Smith.

In 2009, Giménez Smith was named to Poetry Society of America's biennial New American Poets Series. In 2011, she was named a Howard Foundation Fellow in Creative Nonfiction; her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, received an American Book Award; and her third collection of poems, Goodbye, Flicker, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Updates


My siblings and I archive the blanks in my mother's memory,
diagnose her in text messages. And so it begins, I write although

her disease had no true beginning, only a gradual peeling away
until she was left a live wire of disquiet. We frame her illness

as a conceptual resistance—She thinks, yet she is an other—
to make sense of the transformation. She forgot my brother's cancer,

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