A Folio of Poems by Juan Carlos Mestre – translated by Jeremy Paden



Juan Carlos Mestre (1957, Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain) is a poet, essayist, and graphic artist. He has published twenty-seven books of poems. Five of his collections have won major Spanish prizes: Antífona del otoño en el Valle del Bierzo, the 1985 Premio Adonáis; La poesía ha caído en desgracia, the 1992 Premio Jaime Gil de Biedma; La tumba de Keats, the 1999 Premio Jaén de poesía; La casa roja, the 2009 Premio Nacional de poesía; and La bicicleta del panadero, the 2012 Premio de la Crítica de poesía castellana. In 2018 he published his latest collection, El museo de la clase obrera.

Jeremy Paden (1974 Milan, Italy) received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University and is Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the recipient of a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship for poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council. He is the author of three chapbooks of poems and a chapbook of translated poems. His poems and translations have appeared in Adirondack ReviewAtlanta ReviewAsymptote ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalCincinnati ReviewCortland ReviewLouisville ReviewRattle!Words Without Borders and other journals and anthologies.