This is the introductory post for a planned multi-part poetry series about notable Latin American poets. Check in periodically for updates!
Poetry is not my strong suit. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever review a poetry anthology on Leyendo Lat Am and yet, I can’t ignore that poetry (especially in indigenous languages) is a key part of the region’s literary history.
So, with the help of recommendations from poet friends – including the wonderful Robin Myers and María Cristina Hall – I thought it would be a good idea to put together a collection of poetry round-ups that fans of free verse and rhyming couplets can consult as and when.
As usual, I’m going to break down these notable Latin American poet round-ups by country or region: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America, the Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico), and South America. And, of course, the poets mentioned will all be women or non-binary.
To be clear: I don’t do this to elevate certain countries, or flatten the individual differences between, say, (culturally similar but obviously distinct) Central American and Caribbean countries. Rather, I’m breaking it down like this so as not to write, like, 27 different poetry posts. I may break these subcategories down further in the future!
Click through the links below to browse some of the most notable – and mostly contemporary – Latin American poets that I have it on good authority you should be reading.
Round-up: Contemporary Mexican Poets
Round-up: Contemporary Central American Poets (Part 1)
Including poets from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.
(COMING SOON) Round-up: Contemporary Central American Poets (Part 2)
Including poets from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Round-up: Contemporary Caribbean Poets
Including poets from Cuba, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Martinique, and Suriname.
Note: Yes, I include the Guianas and Suriname under the umbrella of Latin America.
Round-up: Contemporary Puerto Rican Poets
(COMING SOON) Round-up: Contemporary South American Poets
Including poets from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.