Azahara palomeque


Azahara Palomeque (El Sur, 1986) is a Spanish poet and writer. She is the author of the bilingual chapbook El Diente del Lobo/The Wolf’s Tooth (Carmina in minina re, 2014), the poetry books American Poems (La Isla de Siltolá, 2015), En la Ceniza Blanca de las Encías (La Isla de Siltolá, 2017), R.I.P (Rest in Plastic) (RiL Editores, 2019), and the essay Año 9. Crónicas catastróficas en la Era Trump (RiL Editores, 2020). She has published numerous poems in cultural journals and magazines in Spain, Latin America and the United States; her work has been partially translated into Greek and English and has been included in several anthologies. Palomeque has been invited to do readings at several U.S. universities, the NY Public Library, the Philadelphia Latin American Book Fair, and the NY Instituto Cervantes, among others. She is also a renowned journalist and op-ed contributor for two independent Spanish newspapers: La Marea and CTXT. Palomeque holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies from Princeton University and resides in Philadelphia. American Poems is her first fully translated book, now available for an English-speaking audience with Coolgrove Press, NY.

American Poems (Coolgrove) is her first fully translated, facing page and bilingual book will be available for an English-speaking audience in November, 2021.

She is the author of the bilingual chapbook El Diente del Lobo / The Wolf’s Tooth (Carmina in minina re, 2014).

Her poetry books include: 

American Poems (La Isla de Siltolá, 2015), 

En la Ceniza Blanca de las Encías (La Isla de Siltolá, 2017), 

RIP (Rest in Plastic)

“RIP (Rest In Plastic) is several books at a time, but, above all, it is a treatise on decomposition (of identity, physical and cultural, among others) where the enduring, the sad posterity within the reach of the human being, seems to be reduced to the approaching ecocide” —Alberto López Martín.

Año 9 (crónicas catastróficas en la Era Trump) –chronicles:

“A precious book” —Sebastiaan Faber.

 “Beyond Palomeque’s restless gaze and excellent capacity to analyze the American reality, the book [Año 9] is also remarkable for its language (an outstanding lyricism) and for the handling of an intimate approach to experience, which not only goes well with the social chronicle and the generational testimony, but enhances them”.  —Gonzalo Torné.

Some of Palomeque’s favorite books:

The Tin Drum, by Günter Grass; 

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath; 

The Trial, by Kafka; 

Señas de Identidad, by Juan Goytisolo; 

El Entusiasmo, by Remedios Zafra; 

Poeta en Nueva York, de García Lorca

La extracción de la piedra de locura, by Alejandra Pizarnik; 

Laços de família, by Clarice Lispector; 

Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin.