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Victor Manuel Mendiola

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Víctor Manuel Mendiola was born in Mexico City on August 8, 1954. In 1981 he was awarded a scholarship from the Centro Mexicano de Escritores under the direction of Salvador Elizondo and Juan Rulfo. He is the editor and Publisher of Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, which has printed over 200 books of poetry of which over a 100 are bilingual editions of non-Mexican poets. He was an artist in residence at the Banff Art's Center in Canada. He is also a member of Mexico's Sistema Nacional de Creadores and President of PEN Club de México (1997-2000). He has published essay on poetry and Mexican painting in magazines and literary supplements such as El Semanal, Vuelta, El Semanario, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, La Jornada and Reforma. He was awarded a grant from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in 1997. He was the director of the festival Letras del Mundo en Tamaulipas Festival Internacional as well as directing other festivals in the country. He is on the editorial board of the magazine Nexos. His books of poetry include: Vuelo 294 (1997); Las 12:00 en Malinalco (1998); Papel Revolución (2000); La Novia del Cuerpo (2001); Tan Oro y Ogro (antología, 2003), for which he received the Latino Prize for Literature; and Tu Mano, mi Boca (2005). He has published three books on Hispanoamerican poetry: Sin Cera (2001), Breves Ensayos Largos (2001) and Xavier Villaurrutia: la comedia de la admiración (2006). Mendiola has also edited several anthologies such as: Poesía en Segundos, la Lírica Mexicana en sus Mejores versos (2000); Sol de Mi Antojo, Antología de Poesía Erótica con Tema Homosexual (2001); Todo es Puerta, Antología de Poesía Mexicana (Costa Rica, 2004); El Corazón Prestado, el Mundo Precolombino en la Poesía Mexicana de los Siglos xix y xx (2005); and La Mitad del Cuerpo Sonríe, Antología de la Poesía Peruana Contemporánea (2005). The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Swanscythe press a grant to publish a bilingual anthology of Víctor Manuel Mendiola's poetry in the United States and the poet Ruth Fainlight translated his poem Tu mano, mi boca, which she included in her book Moon Wheels, published in the United Kingdom. Écrits des Forges, in Canada, published Papier révolution (2002), a bilingual edition of Papel revolución and Las 12 en Malinalaco. Recently the Fondo de Cultura Económica published his essay Xavier Villaurrutia: la comedia de la admiración (2006).

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