David Huerta

Arturo Orta

David Huerta was born and lives in Mexico City. He is a poet, journalist, critic, essayist, translator, professor, and activist. In 2006, Huerta was awarded the Xavier Villarrutia Prize, Mexico’s most prestigious literary award, for his book Version (1978, 2005). Among his other honors are the Diana Moreno Toscano Prize for Literary Promise (1971), one Guggenheim Fellowship (1978), and the Carlos Pellicer Prize (1990). In 2015 he received the National Prize of Literature and became Poet Emeritus. The author of more than 20 books of poetry and the recipient of all of Mexico’s major literary awards, David Huerta is one of the leading contemporary poets in Mexico. Before Saying Any of the Great Words is the first comprehensive bilingual edition of his work. “The main responsibility of a poet,” Huerta said in an interview, “is to make language sufficiently transparent, so that through it we can see a few of the important things that are in the world, in life, and also in death. David Huerta was born and lives in Mexico City. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, the recipient of all of Mexico’s major literary awards, and one of the leading contemporary poets in Mexico. He is also a journalist, critic, essayist, translator, professor, and activist. In 2006, Huerta was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, Mexico’s most prestigious literary award, for his book Versión (1978, 2005). Among his other honors are the Diana Moreno Toscano Prize for Literary Promise (1971), a Guggenheim fellowship (1978), and the Carlos Pellicer Award (1990). In 2015 he received Mexico’s National Prize for Arts and Sciences and became a poet emeritus.  Before Saying Any of the Great Words (Copper Canyon Press), is the first comprehensive bilingual edition of his work. “The main responsibility of a poet,” Huerta said in an interview, “is to make language sufficiently transparent, so that through it we can see a few of the important things that are in the world, in life, and also in death.”

Awards and Honors

National Prize for Arts and Sciences, Mexico, 2015

Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, 2006

Carlos Pellicer Iberoamerican Poetry Award, 1990

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1978

Diana Moreno Toscano Prize for Literary Promise, 1971