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Manuel Iris (Mexico, 1983). Mexican-born American Poet. Author of five collections of poetry. Writer-in-Residence of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County public library and library foundation (2023), Writer in residence of Thomas More University (2023-2024), Poet Laureate Emeritus of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio (2018-2020), and member of the National System of Art Creators or Mexico (SNCA (2022-2024).

Winner of 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). This same book was a finalist for the International Award of Poetry Ciudad de la Lira, in Ecuador. His first bilingual anthology of poems, Traducir el silencio/Translating silence, was published in New York in 2018 and won two different awards in the International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles, California.

In 2022, his book “The parting present/Lo que se irá” won the reader’s Choice Award, in the Ohioana Book Awards. In 2023 Manuel Iris published his first anthology in Europe “Descifrar lo invisible/ Rozszyfrować niewidzialne” (Madrid-Crakow), with Polish Translations by Marta Eloy Cichocka. In that same year, the Autonomous University of Chiapas, in Mexico, published the book Translator of silence: critical approaches to the Manuel Iris’ literary works, which collects essays, reviews, and interviews of 23 different authors about Iris’ poetry. He currently lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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