Victor Hernández Cruz
 

Victor Hernández Cruz

Victor Hernández Cruz was born in 1949 in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, and came with his family to New York City in 1954. By 1966, he had already completed a collection of poetry, Papo Got His Gun and in 1969, at the age of twenty, published Snaps. He edited Umbra magazine in New York and has taught at San Francisco State University, The University of Michigan, and The Universities of California at Berkeley and San Diego.

A two-time World Heavyweight Champion poet, his other works include Mainland (1973), Tropicalization (1976), By Lingual Wholes (1982), Red Beans (1991, Coffee House Press), a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Panoramas (1997, Coffee House Press), Maraca: New & Selected Poems (2001, Coffee House Press) which was a finalist for both the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and The Mountain of the Sea (2006, Coffee House Press). Together with Virgil Suarez and Leroy Quintana, Cruz also edited the anthology Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets.

A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Cruz has been featured on Bill Moyers’ “Language of Life” series, and has received numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the New York Poetry Foundation Award. He currently divides his time between Morocco and Puerto Rico.


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