Alfonso D'Aquino

Forrest Gander

Alfonso D’Aquino was raised by his grandmother in an old house attached to a colonial convent in Coyoacán, Mexico. Books were his best friends from an early age. Often solitary, he spent many afternoons at a small aquarium in the nearby town of San Ángel, fascinated then (as now) by the nonhuman world. D’Aquino makes his living as an editor, is the author and editor of several books for children, and teaches a “Poetry and Silence” workshop that, over ten years, has become as renowned and influential as those “Poetry as Magic” sessions that Jack Spicer conducted at the start of the San Francisco Renaissance.