Victor Manuel Mendiola

Victor Manuel Mendiola was born in Mexico City in 1954 and is the author of numerous poetry books, anthologies (including Sol de mi Antojo, of homoerotic poetry; El Corazon Prestado, of poetry with pre-Columbian themes; and Tres Caminos, of Jewish Literature in Mexico), and books of literary criticism. In 2003 the UNAM University Press published his complete works, Tan Oro y Ogro. Mendiola is a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores and in 2005 he was awarded the Latino Literary Prize that is given by the Latin-American Institute of Writers in New York. It is important to note that in 1981 Juan Rulfo awarded Mendiola one of Mexico’s most prestigious grants. As editor and publisher, Mendiola founded the Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia poetry press twenty-six years ago, which to date has published over two hundred books of poetry by poets from all over the world. Mendiola was president of Mexico’s PEN Club (under his direction the PEN centre for Cubans in exile was founded) and the Rockefeller Foundation gave Swanscythe Press a grant to publish Mendiola’s poetry in the United States.

– from Ruth Fainlight’s introduction in MPT Series 3/5 Transgressions