Poets

David Huerta

portrait of David Huerta

David Huerta was born in Mexico City in 1949. He is one the leading poets of the generation that first came to prominence during the 1970s in Mexico. He published his first book of poems, El Jardín de la luz [The Garden of Light] (1972), while still a student in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at Mexico's Autonomous National University (UNAM). It has been followed by numerous collections, among them: Cuaderno de Noviembre [November Notebook] (1976), Huellas del civilizado [Traces of the Civilized] (1977), Versión [Version] (1978), El espejo del cuerpo [The Mirror of the Body] (1980) and Incurable [Incurable] (1987), a long poem in nine parts that encourages the reader to participate in constructing the meaning of the poem.

Aside from his poetry, David Huerta has translated works from Italian and English, and is an editor of the Mexican publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica. He writes a column for the Mexican weekly Proceso, and teaches literature at the Universidad Autónoma de México. His latest book, El correo de los Narvales, is dedicated to the work of Pablo Neruda.

In 2006 David Huerta was awarded the prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia Prize for the new edition of Versión and for his lifelong contribution to Mexican literature. He is an active member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores.

Poems by David Huerta

Photos

  • David Huerta, Jamie McKendrick, Víctor Terán, David Shook, Coral Bracho and Katherine Pierpoint before the Mexican Poets' Tour Launch Party
  • As you can tell, David and David were really enjoying themselves at our MPT launch party.
  • David Huerta and Jamie McKendrick
  • David Huerta and Jamie McKenrick during their reading at The Cervantes Institute
  • David Huerta and Jamie McKendrick against the background of a corrugated garage door outside The Photographers' Gallery
  • David Huerta in a taxi on his way to the Mexican Poets' Tour inaugural reading at The Cervantes Institute
  • David Huerta reading at the Cervantes Institute.
  • David Huerta, Coral Bracho and Ruth Fainlight at the MPT launch party
  • Jamie McKendrick and David Huerta read together for the first time at the MPT launch party.
  • Jimena Gorraez-Belmar, Assistant to the Cultural Attache, Ignacio Duran, at the Mexican Embassy, with her friend, the poet David Huerta, at the MPT launch party. Jimena worked very hard with us to make our tour a success.
  • Poets on the stairs of the Cervantes Institute. Top, left to right: Katherine Pierpoint, Jamie McKendrick, Víctor Terán; bottom, left to right: Coral Bracho, David Huerta, Sarah Maguire and David Shook.
  • Tom Boll, David Huerta, Jamie McKendrick, Víctor Terán, David Shook, Coral Bracho, Katherine Pierpoint and Sarah Maguire before the Mexican Poets' Tour Launch Party