Here Are the Latinx Poets to Read Now

Professor Deborah Paredez lists her favorite poets just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 20, 2022

Deborah Paredez, who teaches in the Writing Program at the School of the Arts, knows a thing or two about poetry, specifically Latinx poetry. Her latest book, Year of the Dog, is a volume of poetry that tells her story as a Latina daughter of the Vietnam War. Paredez is also the author of, among other books, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memoryand the cofounder and former director of CantoMundo, a national organization devoted to Latinx poets and poetry. 

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Columbia News asked Paredez to list some of her favorite volumes of Latinx poetry.

These are some recent and forthcoming books by Latinx poets that I've read lately:

M. Soledad Caballero, I Was a Bell

Ricardo Maldonado, The Life Assignment

Tomás Q. Morín, Machete

Urayoán Noel, Transversal

Willie Perdomo, Smoking Lovely

Emily Perez, What Flies Want

Alexandra Lytton Regalado, Relinquenda

Books by other Latinx poets to which I return:

Anthony Cody, Borderland Apocrypha

Natalie Diaz, When My Brother Was an Aztec

Aracelis Girmay, The Black Maria

Some of my favorite (non-Latinx) poets:

Lucille Clifton

Tyehimba Jess

M. NourbeSe Philip

Danez Smith

Natasha Trethewey